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Meteor from the Cockpit: Britain's First Jet Fighter

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The Meteor is remembered as the first British jet fighter to enter squadron service and the only jet powered Allied fighter to see action in WW II. Subsequent development was limited as a result of its relatively conventional airframe although it did hold the world air speed record for a while. The Meteor was immensely strong and many pilots owe their lives to its rugged construction. For a whole generation of pilots the aircraft (the Meatbox as it was affectionately known) provided the ideal introduction to jet-powered flight. It did suffer a high accident rate but many of the losses were due to lack of knowledge of the stresses of high speed flight at low level and a misguided training program.

More than sixty years after its first flight the Meteor lives on as it still used by Martin Baker to test ejection seats, testimony to the basic soundness of the design. This book looks into the aircraft's design history, development through many different variants and includes many firsthand accounts of flying the aircraft in peace and war.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781848842199
Author:
Caygill, Peter
Publisher:
Pen & Sword Books
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military-Aviation History
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
176

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Aviation History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Aviation
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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