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Gloster Meteor F.Mk 9 – 208 Sqn, RAF Nicosia, Cyprus, 1956

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA35005: Gloster Meteor F.Mk 9 of 208 Sqn, RAF Nicosia, Cyprus, 1956

Length 6.75 inches  Wingspan 7.25 inches

PLEASE NOTE: Legends models come with fixed lowered undercarriage on a display stand withing a plastic blister on a cardboard diorama base.

With the arrival of the Meteors in Cyprus came new squadron markings of bars flanking the roundels comprising sky blue and yellow horizontal bands, denoting the “sky and the desert”. These markings are still carried today on the Squadron’s Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley, Anglesey.

Designed as a turbojet-powered fighter in a time when piston-engined aircraft still dominated the skies, the Gloster Meteor first flew on March 5, 1943. The Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the only Allied jet aircraft to see service during WWII. It debuted around the same time as the German Me 262, but was not used for dogfighting-instead, Meteors were used to combat the V1 Flying Bomb. The Meteor’s service during WWII was limited, but it saw combat during the Korean War and was used by the Royal Australian Air Force and by the Air Forces of more than a dozen other nations until its ultimate retirement in the 1970s.Gloster Meteor FR9 of 208 Squadron RAF based at Nicosia, Cyprus in 1956. Fantastic model which really does have to be seen to be appreciated in excellent livery. One of the Legends series in a plastic blister with fixed undercarriage. Getting quite sought after. Boxes are not perfect with the odd light scuff and crease.

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies’ first operational jet. Although the German Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world’s first operational jet, the Meteor was the first production jet as it entered production a few months before the Me 262. The Meteor’s development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, developed by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft began in 1940, work on the engines had started in 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although the Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft, it proved to be a successful and effective combat fighter.

Several major variants of Meteor were made to incorporate technological advances during the 1940s and 1950s. Thousands of Meteors were built to serve in the RAF and other air forces, and remained in use for several decades. The Meteor saw limited action in the Second World War, while Meteors of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) provided a significant contribution to the Korean War and several other operators such as Argentina, Egypt and Israel also flew Meteors in regional conflicts. As of 2011, two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, have remained in active service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.

Gloster Meteor FR9 of 208 Squadron RAF based at Nicosia, Cyprus in 1956. Fantastic model which really does have to be seen to be appreciated in excellent livery. One of the Legends series in a plastic blister with fixed undercarriage. Getting quite sought after. Boxes are not perfect with the odd light scuff and crease.

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies’ first operational jet. Although the German Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world’s first operational jet, the Meteor was the first production jet as it entered production a few months before the Me 262. The Meteor’s development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, developed by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft began in 1940, work on the engines had started in 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although the Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft, it proved to be a successful and effective combat fighter.

Several major variants of Meteor were made to incorporate technological advances during the 1940s and 1950s. Thousands of Meteors were built to serve in the RAF and other air forces, and remained in use for several decades. The Meteor saw limited action in the Second World War, while Meteors of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) provided a significant contribution to the Korean War and several other operators such as Argentina, Egypt and Israel also flew Meteors in regional conflicts. As of 2011, two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, have remained in active service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.

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Weight 1.6 kg