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Gloster G.41 Meteor

The first allied jet fighter. Its combat use in WWII was limited to intercepting V-1's. The Meteor was of conventional layout, with engines in mid-wing nacelles, and it was capable of accepting many types of engine. The flexible design allowed a long development history after the war, and the Meteor introduced jet engines to many airforces. A two-seat night fighter with a long radar nose was developed by Armstrong Whitworth and entered service in 1950. The last were retired from service in 1961.

General characteristics Meteor F Mk. I
Primary function Fighter
Power plant Two Rolls-Royce Welland turbojets
Thrust 768 kg 7.53 kN
Wingspan 43 ft 13.10 m
Length 41.2 ft 12.57 m
Height 13 ft 3.96 m
Wingarea 374 sq ft 34.74 sq m
Weight empty 39,751 lb 3,693 kg
max. 37,382 lb 6,260 kg
Speed 410 mph 660 km/h
Initial climb rate 2,156 ft/min 657 m/min
Ceiling 44,000 ft 13,410 m
Range 1,000 mi 1,610 km
Armament 4x 20 mm cannon
Crew One
First flight prototype 5.3.1943
Date deployed July 1944
Number built around 3,875 (all versions incl. postwar)

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