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Civilian Gloster Meteor

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The oldest operational British jet - the Gloster Meteor - will be on static display at this summer's airshow. The aircraft, produced by the Gloster Aircraft Company, featured Sir Frank Whittle's ground-breaking turbo jet engines. It first flew in 1943 and began RAF operations in July 1944 with 616 Squadron, initially as a counter to the Germans' V-1 flying bomb.

In 1945 two F.3 Meteors were modified for an attempt on the world air speed record and in November that year, Gp Capt 'Willy' Wilson set the first official air speed record by a jet aircraft of 606mph.

The aircraft on display at the Air Tattoo comes from Martin-Baker, based at Chalgrove near Oxford, where it is used to test live ejection seats. 

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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