FUTURE OF THE PAST
After some difficult years, there are new efforts to secure a more positive future for ex-military jet operations in the UK — but it remains a challenging business
To some, January’s final flight of Meteor NF11 WM167/G-LOSM was symptomatic of the malaise afflicting vintage jets in Britain. The last airworthy example of a hugely significant type in private hands on UK shores, its grounding is only the latest in a series of losses to our classic jet scene, caused in large part by the Shoreham tragedy in 2015. Since then, this strand of opinion has it, heavy-handed regulation by the Civil Aviation Authority has decimated this element of our aviation heritage.