Promotional photo from Flight Refueling Inc., Baltimore, MD – circa: 1953/54
A USAF Boeing KB-29 refueling three Gloster Meteors
Gloster Meteor: The Meteor was designed to meet Specification F.9/40, the first such British specification to be issued for a combat aircraft using turbojet engines. The eight original F.9/40 airframes were used to test several different types of British turbines including the Rover-built Power Jets W2B, the parent design of the Rolls-Royce Welland with which Meteor I was fitted; the Metropolitan Vickers F.2/1, the first British axial-flow unit to fly (13 November 1943).
The first production Meteor (the F.1) was powered by two 7.56 kN (1,700 lb st) Rolls-Royce Welland I turbojet engines and had a cockpit canopy that was side-hinged. Only 20 of this version were built, first going to No 616 Squadron, RAF and were used on operational sorties against German V-1 flying bombs.
The Meteor variant F.8 (the major production version, first flown 12 October 1948) the only British jet fighter used operationally during the Korean War, flown by the RAAF…… “Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aviation”