The Gloster Meteor in British Service

Martin Derry, Neil Robinson

 
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
FlightCraft
Illustration :
color ilustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526702661
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 11.5 X 8.25 inches
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Overview
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The Gloster F.9/40 was Britain’s first jet fighter and as the Meteor F.I became the first jet-powered aircraft of any description to enter service with the Allies in World War II. Several early Meteors were dispatched to Europe in the hope that 1945 might witness the first ever jet-on-jet combats between it and the much-vaunted German jets – a contest which, in the event, was never to occur.

Postwar, and the Meteor quickly became the backbone of the UK’s day fighter defenses, progressing through successive Marks as it did so, until finally being replaced on the front line by later types during the mid-1950s. With their ever-adaptable airframe, two-seat Meteors became Britain’s primary night fighter too, serving for several years until replaced by the Gloster Javelin from the late 1950s onwards.

With its operational career over, the Meteor’s adaptability and ruggedness was put to sterling use as an advanced trainer, the most obvious example of which was the T.7\. As late as 1982, a handful of stalwarts were still soldiering on.

Although space precludes a comprehensive history of such a prolific aircraft, it is hoped that both aviation enthusiasts and aircraft modelers may find some interesting examples in these pages, and sufficient inspiration to help them choose which color scheme to finish their latest Meteor model in.

This latest addition to the FlightCraft range follows our well-established format in that it is split into three primary sections. The first covers the Meteor using numerous photographs, informative captions and tables. The second is a 16-page full-color illustration section featuring detailed profiles and 2-views of many of the color schemes and markings carried by British Meteors. The final section lists as many injection-moulded plastic model kits of the Meteor, in all the major scales, that the authors could obtain, plus a gallery of models made by some of the UK’s best modelers.

About The Author
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Martin Derry has been involved in compiling, editing, assisting-in and writing about aviation-related books and publications for over 30 years and has brought a wealth of knowledge of the aircraft types and the colors that they flew in to enhance the _Flight Craft_ series, having compiled and authored several books in the range. He has several more books under production and in preparation for future _FlightCraft_ titles.

Neil Robinson has been involved in compiling, editing, assisting-in and writing about aviation-related books and publications for over 30 years and has brought a wealth of knowledge of the aircraft types and the colors that they flew in to enhance the _Flight Craft_ series, having compiled and authored several books in the range. He has several more books under production and in preparation for future _Flight Craft_ titles.

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