The Gloster Meteor T7: The Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, the ‘Meatbox’ first flew in 1943 and the first operational sorties were flown on July 27, 1944, by 616 Sqn at RAF Manston. The jet's first combat was against the V-1 flying bombs and its first kills were achieved on August 2. Expected sale price: £500,000

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Seventy years ago today Britain's first front-line jet fighter - the Gloster Meteor - took to the skies at the height of the Second World War and one will fly again

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Temora Aviation Museum's de Havilland DH115 Vampire T35 (VH-VAM / A79-617) and Gloster Meteor F.8 (VH-MBX / A77-851) form up on a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet over Temora

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British Gloster Meteor.

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The first flight of the Gloster Meteor jet aircraft on this day 5th March 1943. It was the first British jet fighter and the Alliies first operational jet. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, developed by Sir Frank Whittle. Gloster Meteor | Great Britain | 600 Sqn "county of London", RAFuxAF | Meteor F.Mk.4 | N (RA381)

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