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Corgi AA27401 Gloster Meteor F3, EE246 YQ-A, 616 Squadron, Lubeck, 1945
Product code: BA6956
A Detailed Limited Edition Die-Cast Scale
The Adult Collector.
Suitable for Children 14 years +
Aviation Archive Special Features: Detailed
The Gloster Meteor was the first jet fighter
to enter service with the RAF. First flying in 1943 it entered service
with 616 squadron in July 1944. Confined to operations only over the
United Kingdom to preserve the secrets of its technology, the Meteor was
soon used on anti-V1 patrols. Their terrific acceleration allowed them
to be very effective in this role, accounting for fourteen V1s by the
end of the war, a good total from only a small number of airframes.
With the Allied air superiority they did not
suffer the same problems as the ME262s, that of Allied fighters
attacking the short legged jets at their most vulnerable stage, during
take-off or landing. By mid-1945 the squadron was operational over
Germany, being engaged in ground attacks and fighter sweeps. But the
squadron failed to encounter any enemy jets during their sorties. The
Meteor would go on to have a long and successful career with a multitude
of air forces.
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