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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA35004: Meteor F8 “Halestorm” of 77 Squadron RAAF based at Kimpo, South Korea in 1951-3. Limited edition model of only 2010, complete with underwing rocket armament; really does have to be seen to be appreciated. PLEASE NOTE: Box is a little damaged with a light crush on one corner of the lid
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 7.25 inches
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.