The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet aircraft of the Second World War. Development started early in the war and was challenged by the use of the all new propulsion type of the jet engine. The Meteor first flew in 1943. Several variants were developed and in the beginning obviously many problems were encountered. The Meteor was built in considerable numbers and also widely used during the Cold War by not only the RAF but also many air forces in Western Europe.

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Meteor Mk.4   of the Royal Netherlands AF

This Meteor mk.4 has code "I-69"(and is VZ409 ex RAF). It was seen at the former Dutch AF museum MLM in Soesterberg (and probably now at the new MLM museum). Here the aircraft shown is being dismantled with several major parts for storage.

Photographed May 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

 Meteor F. mk 8

This Meteor F. mk 8 has serial "6466". It was delivered early 1953  as '3W-50'  to the LSK (LuchtStrijdKrachten, later Royal Netherlands AF) no 322 squadron. This aircraft had several accidents and subsequently different codes like "3W-50" , "7E-12", "I-187" , "I-147" and "3W-32" . It was preserved and was later donated to the Aviodrome at Lelystad. It has a KLu / RNeth AF no. 322 squadron livery.

Photographed 2014 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Meteor F. mk 8

This Meteor F.mk8 was built by Armstrong Whitworth (licensed), delivered July 1953 and it served with RAF 56, 46 and 13 Squadrons. Seen at the fine Imperial War Museum at Duxford, UK where it is/was on display for many decades!

Photographed November 2014 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Many plastic scale models exist of the Meteor, particularly in 1/72 scale, too much to list. But the best are the MPM/Special Hobby kits. Tamiya has a great model in 1/48.

In 1/32 scale for many years there was only a very basic ID Models vacuform, but now HK models has a nice Meteor mk.4 and Fisher Model and pattern various conversion sets like for a F. mk 8.

The Netherlands Air Force (KLu) used many Meteors....  Enthusiasts and historians can see more info here at our IPMS pages NedMil....


This webpage was first created June 2013 by Meindert de Vreeze (IPMS.NL webmaster)