HENK WADMAN COLLECTION
No. 10874. Meteor FL.55CM (HB-EAE c/n 1134)
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Meteor FL.55CM

10/31/2011. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Meteor S.p.A. Costruzioni Aeronautiche of Trieste was formed in 1947 to undertake the manufacture of aircraft, the operation of feeder-line air services and the management and operation of airports. Originally Meteor undertook the construction of gliders and sailplanes of various types, including the Meteor MS.18, MS.21, MS.30 and, under license, the Canguru type sailplanes.

In 1953 Meteor took over the aeronautical designs and equipment of Francis Lombardi & Co. (formerly Azionari Vercellese Industrie Aeronautiche-AVIA) of Vercelli, whose products included the FL.3 of which 566 were built between 1939 and 1948. Meteor redesigned the FL.3 with tubular steel construction, a cut-down rear fuselage and bubble canopy. A total of 37 Meteors of various kinds was built during the period up to 1959 and several of these aircraft were sold as crop sprayers and with ski or float undercarriages. The different Meteor models were:

FL.53, two-seat trainer and tourer, powered by a 65 hp Continental A65 engine (8 built).
FL.53BM, basic FL.53 fitted with 90 hp Continental C90-12F engine (4 built).
FL.54, three-seat FL.53 with 85 hp or 90 hp Continental (10 built).
FL.55, four-seat FL.54 with strengthened airframe and 135 hp Lycoming O-290-3 engine (4 built).
FL.55BM, basic FL.55 with modified fin and rudder and 150 hp Lycoming O-320-A1A engine (10 built).
FL.55CM, basic FL.55 with 180 hp Lycoming O-360-A1A engine (1 built). This is the pictured aircraft, built in 1959. Its history is unknown, but the registration was cancelled from the Swiss registry on March 18, 2004.
Super, basic FL.55 with enlarged vertical tail and 220 hp Meteor Alpha engine (1 built).
Bis, two-seat Super with 110 hp Meteor Alpha 2 engine (number built unknown)."

Created October 31, 2011