Aviation History

'Bittersweet': Last Airworthy Gloster Meteor Of Its Kind Makes Final Flight

Entering service 75 years ago, the aircraft was the first fighter jet used by the RAF.

The last airworthy Gloster Meteor of its kind has made its final flight at Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire. 

It was also the aircraft that carried jet engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle to his final resting place at RAF Cranwell twenty years ago.

Entering service in 1943, the Meteor was the first fighter jet used by the RAF and was the only Allied jet to see combat in the Second World War.

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Former RAF Meteor pilot Dan Griffiths was at the controls for the historic farewell to the NF.11 variant.

"The flight went very well, no problems with the aeroplane, very smooth... But to be fair to her, every time I fly her she's lovely.

"It is bittersweet because it is the final flight which is a real shame but this is a nice thing to do."

Gloster Meteor Final Flight Runway

The Meteor will now join the Classic British Jets Collection at Bruntingthorpe.

Although it will not fly again, it will be kept in ground running condition, so can still taxi down the runway.