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METEOR NF11

Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Adding an historic component to the Securing the Skies area of the RIAT 2015 static park will be a classic ex-RAF night fighter, the Meteor NF11 owned by Aviation Heritage and operated by the Classic Air Force at Coventry Airport. The Gloster Meteor was the first RAF - or Allied - jet fighter to enter operational service, doing so during 1944. Post-war, it became the RAF's standard day fighter in the early 1950s, and, in T7 form, its first jet trainer. As a night fighter, the Meteor NF11 was the RAF's first jet to perform the role, replacing the de Havilland Mosquito. In its long nose was fitted an airborne intercept radar. Successive marks, up to the NF14, served into the 1960s, though by then the Meteor was somewhat outmoded. WM167 is the sole night fighter Meteor in airworthy condition. It was built in 1952 at Armstrong Whitworth's Baginton plant - coincidentally, at the same airfield at which it is based today!

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