Meteor - the story of Britain's first jet-powered day-fighter

Britain’s premier first-generation jet-powered combat aircraft, the Gloster Meteor entered service in the latter stages of World War Two and operated well into the 1950s in a variety of frontline roles. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of the day-fighter Meteors

The Gloster Meteor was an iconic aircraft and a significant product of Britain’s once large and world-leading aircraft industry. Its creation owed much to groundbreaking work into jet engine design and technology carried out in Britain during the pre-war period, with the famous inventor and pioneering engineer Frank Whittle at the forefront. 


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