Gloster Meteor

GLOSTER METEORS

Status: Both Flyable

Owned by:       The World Heritage Museum

Current location:         Coventry

Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM167 / G-LOSM

Gloster Meteor NF.11 is the only surviving Night Fighter Meteor left in airworthy condition and was one of the first privately owned jet fighters to operate in the UK.

WM167 was built under licence from Gloster by the Armstrong Whitworth Company at Baginton (Coventry) airport in 1952.  G-LOSM was acquired by Air Atlantique in March 2004.

Over the years G-LOSM has featured in a variety of documentaries and has taken part in a number of important flights – including carrying the ashes of jet-engine designer Sir Frank Whittle. Today the aircraft remains airworthy at Coventry and is painted in a camouflage scheme typical of the Night Fighting Meteors of its day. It carries no squadron markings at present but depicted 141 Sqn for many years during the 1980s and 90s.

G-LOSM not only flies as a tribute the early jet pilots but also to those preservation pioneers who led the way in civilian jet fighter operations during the early 1980s.

Gloster Meteor T.7 WA591 / G-BWMF

When WA591 returned to the sky after a 20-year restoration it became the world’s oldest “flyable British jet aircraft.

Built by Gloster Aircraft at Hucklecote, Gloucestershire in mid 1949 it was delivered to the Royal Air Force on September 2.

Since its return to airworthiness WA591 has become an airshow favourite as well as becoming a training aircraft for a new generation of classic jet pilots.  It’s fitting that it should resume the very role that it began back in 1959.