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”


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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agius9 months ago

    An amazing image John, never knew they where able to refuel three jets at the same time always seen one at a time, wonder if they can still do this today.

  • Steven, thank you appreciate your comments and support!

    – John Schneider

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyer9 months ago

    Another good one John. – Ted

  • Ted, thank you, still digging in the archives!

    – John Schneider

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Walls9 months ago

    Cool image, John! Mama bird feeding all three of her chicks at the same time. Incredible view of this very tricky operation!

  • Gene, thank you so very much… always appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Norton9 months ago

    Great image John

  • Barry, thank you, much appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep9 months ago

    Awesome photo!!

  • Thank you so very much for this terrific comment… Appreciated

    – John Schneider

  • peaky40
    peaky409 months ago

    Wonderful image John!

  • Thank you so very much… Appreciated

    – John Schneider

  • billfox256
    billfox2569 months ago

    An excellent capture John, however I sincerely doubt this king of refueling
    capability!!! Bill

  • They actually did do this type of refueling, but it quickly became a photo-op situation. Once the solid- boom was introduced this all became moot. Thanks, Bill!

    – John Schneider

  • canonman99
    canonman999 months ago

    nice work John… the floating gas station

  • Thank you, Dennis!

    – John Schneider

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...8 months ago

    Brilliant Work !

  • Colin, thank you so very much, appreciated!

    – John Schneider

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