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Monday, 21 March 2011

Gloster Meteor at Australian Air Show





I did a blog about the Australian Air force and Gloster Meteors in the Korean War. I wonder if this is one of the old 77 squadron from that time when the Ozzies used the jet as a ground attack craft. Maybe it was preserved from that 1950s and is now in these great air shows. This was a marvellous plane built by the British towards the end of World War II.

The Australian Air force used them to maximum potential, in Korea, attacking Chinese and North Korean ground forces. However, the first generation jet was outclassed in the air by the more modern Soviet second generation MIGs, during dogfights. Despite this, the Gloster Meteor was able to claim three dogfight kills.

The above footage from an Australian air show is a terrific example of what the jet could do.



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