TRIALS METEOR COMPLETED

Meteor NF11 WD686 outside one of the 100-year-old Belfast truss hangars at Old Sarum on 29 August. PETER JENKS

Volunteers at the BDAC have recently completed the restoration of Meteor NF11 WD686. It had arrived at Old Sarum in April 2017 from the Muckleburgh Collection at Weybourne, Norfolk, on loan from the Imperial War Museums. The Meteor had seriously deteriorated since going on display outside, just a few hundred yards away from the north Norfolk coast, in 1991.

During the early 1950s WD686 was based at RAF Defford, Worcestershire, with the Telecommunications Research Establishment, where it participated in trials for the AI17 radar system. Later this year the Meteor will be moved to the Defford Airfield Heritage Group (DAHG), located at the National Trust’s 18th-century neo-Palladian mansion, Croome Court, near Pershore. An awning will soon be built in order to protect the Meteor during the 12 months it will spend on display at Croome, the grounds of which housed the top-secret RAF Defford, where airborne radar was tested, developed and proven during the war years. The DAHG helped raise funds for the Meteor restoration.