Low-Leve Recce

Meteor FR.9 pilots became experts at finding trouble spots, from the Soviet border to Arab rebel strongholds. Andy Thomas explains

The CO of 208 Squadron during the mid-1950s was former Battle of Britain ‘ace’ Sqn Ldr Tom Neil. WG CDR T F NEIL
Training for FR pilots was provided by 226 OCU with several Meteor FR.9s, one of which was VZ602. AUTHOR’S COLLECTION
During the Suez operations in November 1956, 208 Squadron Meteors provided a Battle Flight at Ta’ Qali for the air defence of Malta. 208 SQN RECORDS

As the legendary Spitfire was replaced by the jet-powered Gloster Meteor in the day fighter role after World War Two, the new aircraft also usurped its propeller-driven predecessor for reconnaissance.

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