The Gloster Meteor maintains a significant position in the history of the Royal Air Force, as it became Britain’s first operational jet aircraft. Not willing to risk this technology falling into the hands of the Germans, initial operations were confined to UK airspace, particularly in combatting the V-1 Doodlebug threat. Indeed, once Meteors were deployed to Europe in the latter stages of WWII, they were still forbidden to engage in combat with the Messerschmitt Me 262, so we will never know how these significant aircraft would have performed against each other.
In operation, the Meteor proved to be a delightful aircraft to fly and enabled pilots to make a relatively easy transition from piston engined aircraft to jet powered flight. Unlike the Messerschmitt Me 262, the Meteor also proved to be almost as reliable as the Spitfires and Tempests it was intended to replace and was even capable of being operated from relatively basic grass airstrips. Continually developed throughout its service life, the Gloster Meteor would remain in RAF service for many years, with a handful of target towing aircraft still operating in the 1980s.
This kit also includes decals to represent the choice of two Meteors as flown by the RAAF N0.77 Squadron based at Kimpo during the Korean War.
- 327 Sqn., Ruiten VierO (Diamonds Four) display team 1-169/7E-5 | Soesterberg AB 1952
- 77 Sqn. A77-851 Halestorm (Sergeant George Spaulding Hale) | Kimpo KR March 1953
- 77 Sqn. A77-854 | Kimpo KR 1953
- Dimensions: 25 x 7 x 45
- Scale: 1:48
- Skill: 3
- Number of Parts: 190
- Dimensions (mm): L287 x W236
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