Nocturnal Marvel

Aviation historian Malcolm V Lowe details the development and RAF career of Armstrong Whitworth’s radar-toting Meteor night fighters


A classic formation image of Meteor NF.14s from 264 Squadron, with the CO’s aircraft in the lead. Clearly visible is the long nose and ‘bubble’ canopy of the NF.14 This unit flew from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, during some of its time on the NF.14.

Gloster’s Meteor is fittingly regarded as one of the iconic products of Britain’s aircraft industry. It was the first jet fighter to reach operational service with the RAF, and the type had an illustrious service career in British colours.

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