Inside Stories: Bartered Bombers

João Paulo Moralez and Marcelo Ribeiro reveal the history and curiosities of the Brazilian Air Force’s first jet – the Gloster Meteor. It’s a story that entails trade deals, exploding canopies and even eradicating spiders…

Throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, the backbone of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira / FAB) was Curtiss’ P-40 Warhawk and Republic’s mighty P-47D Thunderbolt. While the latter had been used effectively by 1° Grupo de Aviaçao de Caça (1° GVCA / 1st Fighter Group) in the European Theatre between 1944-45, both types were long since usurped by a new type of machine, the jet.

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