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    Default British built Meteor to fly again 70 years after its maiden flight

    [*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Seventy years ago today Britain’s first front-line jet fighter took to the skies at the height of the Second World War.[/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Almost 4,000 Meteors were built and they were exported to serve with countries around the world during a time when Britain truly ruled the skies.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [*******#000000][FONT=Arial]And this month one of the last Meteors still in airworthy condition – the oldest flyable British jet in the world – will take to the air over Cornwall to mark the opening of a new museum at Newquay Airport, the former RAF St Mawgan.[*******#222222][FONT=Verdana]
    [/FONT][/COLOR]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288111/Returning-skies-oldest-jet-fighter-world-British-built-Meteor-fly-70-years-maiden-flight.html[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    Going to need more of these they way the F-35 production is coming along
    The meteor wasn't exactly "nice looking" but it paved the way for some greats.... Buccaneers, Hunter, Harriers etc. Even the (SEPECAT) Jag .

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    Quote Originally Posted by tea drinker View Post
    Going to need more of these they way the F-35 production is coming along
    The meteor wasn't exactly "nice looking" but it paved the way for some greats.... Buccaneers, Hunter, Harriers etc. Even the (SEPECAT) Jag .
    I think it has an old world charm about its looks. I prefer the look of the Meteor to the likes of the F-86 Sabre for example. But the 262 looked better than both

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    The article is a bit misleading, as it suggest a Meteor is being restored to flight, but instead two Meteors who are flying all along are taking part in a anniversary.

    The Meteor has a bit of a ironic combat record as a large percentage of its aerial victories were other british build planes, including a few Meteors and a RAF Canberra

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    Technically the greatest number of victories scored by the Meteor was against German jets. It's just that they were unmanned V-1's and incapable of defending themselves...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheKiwi View Post
    Technically the greatest number of victories scored by the Meteor was against German jets. It's just that they were unmanned V-1's and incapable of defending themselves...
    One Meteor acually fell victim to a german jet.
    Only it was bombed on the ground by a Arado 234

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    Yeah there's some irony for you.

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    Meteor is a ironic plane.
    The same company that built the last RAF biplane built the first RAF jet.
    Its only "real" WW2 kill was a Fieseler Storch.
    It was the only thing that ever damaged a V Bomber.
    It served in the mideast conflict on both sides.
    One of its last kills was a RAF Canberra.

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    ^ And Meteors fought other Meteors at least once.

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    One of my Grandad's best friends (and my flying mentor of sorts) was a navigator on Meteors during the war (as well as on night-fighter Mosquitoes).
    The stories he had were absolutely incredible, and he was sharp as a razor until the very last days of his life.

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    [*******#333333]One of its last kills was a RAF Canberra.
    may know the story behind, btw always love to see all these oldies flying. [/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by thounaojamtom View Post
    may know the story behind, btw always love to see all these oldies flying. [/COLOR]
    A Syrian Meteor shot down a RAF Canberra PR7 on 6th November 1956

    http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_258.shtml

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