Oxford Diecast AC068 – 1/72 Scale Gloster Meteor F.2 Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||11.2 cm||4.04 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||14.6 cm||5.74 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Gloster Meteor F.2 – Oxford Diecast AC068
Oxford Diecast AC068 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Gloster Meteor F.2, s/n DG207/G, one of eight F.9/40s prototypes, powered by two Halford H1s (de Havilland Goblin) for trials with de Haviland. It made the first flight by a Meteor but did not enter production.
The Gloster Meteor is a British single-seat, twin-engine, jet fighter, Britain’s first and only Allied jet aircraft to reach combat status during World War II. The first flight took place on March 5, 1943, with the type commencing operations on July 27, 1944, with No. 616 Squadron RAF.
First used to counter the V-1 flying bomb, the Meteor was forbidden to fly over German-held territory. During the final weeks of the war, it flew armed reconnaissance and ground attack roles from Belgium airbases. They never meet the German Me 262 in combat.
Exported to around 30 countries who at various times operated the type, it remained in operational service well into the 1980s. In total 3,875 Meteors when production ended in 1955, with 3,545 built in the UK and a further 330 in the Netherlands, under licence by Fokker. Developed into specialised models for use in photographic aerial reconnaissance, night fighters and research.
The Meteor F.1 used two Rolls-Royce W.2B/23 Welland centrifugal compressor turbojet engine, from the F.3, the second production variant, the improved and more powerful Rolls-Royce Derwent engines. The F.8, the most numerous model, had a maximum speed of 966 km/h (600 mph), a range of 966 km (600 mi) and a service ceiling of 13,000 m (43,000 ft).
Armament consists of four 20 mm British Hispano MkV cannons mounted two on each side of the nose, underwing hardpoints for up to sixteen aerial rockets or two 1000 lb (454 kg) bombs.
On 20 September 1945, a modified Meteor F.1, s/n EE227, powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent turboprop engines became the first turboprop aircraft to fly. It had a lengthened undercarriage to increase ground clearance for the 2.31 m (7 ft 7 inch) diameter Rotol propellors.