Meteor Boys

True Tales from the Operators of Britain's First Jet Fighter - from 1944 to date

Steve Bond

The Gloster Meteor has had a remarkable life. Whilst many books have focused on its development and service history, the time has come to hear the personal experiences of its air and ground crews.
Date Published :
April 2020
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Language:
English
Series :
The Jet Age Series
Illustration :
color and b/w
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911621904
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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Grub Street is proud to present Meteor Boys, the latest title in its ever-popular Boys series. As Britain’s first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor has had a remarkably varied and lengthy life. But whilst many books have focused on its development and service history, the time has come to hear the personal experiences of its air and ground crews. By interviewing over thirty veterans, author and Meteor veteran Steve Bond has written an incredibly detailed insight into this iconic aircraft, which is supported by anecdotes and accounts from those who knew it best. One example is Alan McDonald who described the Meteor as ‘a bit unforgiving if you got it wrong, as many pilots found out to their cost, especially on one engine, but I must admit I got to like it very much – it was a great adrenaline rush.’ Alongside these entertaining anecdotes are details of the Meteor’s origins and developments. Starting with the first deliveries in 1944 working through to the present day, Steve Bond documents the diverse role which the Meteor has had. From use in operations against the V1, photo-reconnaissance missions, as a training machine and later a display aircraft – particular attention is given to its major service period of the 1950s through to the early 1960s. The book will also feature photographs never seen before in print. This detailed history of this iconic and much loved jet fighter will appeal to all aviation fans.

About The Author
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Dr Steve Bond is a life-long aviation professional and historian. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on many different aircraft, and was part of the Eurofighter Typhoon project team in the MoD. A fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he is also the author of many magazine articles and books including: Heroes All, Special Ops Liberators (with Richard Forder), Wimpy, Meteor Boys, and Javelin Boys for Grub Street.

REVIEWS
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"Bond’s book should appeal to all aviation fans and be a unique addition to the coverage of the Meteor."

- Air Power History

“Steve Bond has done a great job with this book with many personal accounts of the people that were involved every day in the life of the Meteor. Highly Recommended.”

- IPMS/USA

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