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Meteor F. Mk. III

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Meteor F. Mk. III

Gloster Meteor F Mk III: Similar to Gloster Meteor I, with 2,000 lb st (908 kgp) Derwent I (W.2B/37) engines, sliding in place of hinged canopy, increased fuel, slotted air breaks and other improvements. Total 210 built, first 15 with Welland engines; first flight September 1944. Deliveries to No 616 Squadron December 1944 and operational with 2nd TAP in Belgium with Nos 616 and 504 Sqn early 1945.

Gloster Meteor F Mk IV: Improved Mk III with 3,000 lb st (1,362 kgp) Derwent Vs in long-chord nacelles, pressurised cockpit and other improvements. First flown May 17, 1945; production deliveries of Mk IV, and development of later variants, post-war.

Specifications
F.Mk. I F. Mk.III
Crew 1
Dimensions
Length 12.57 m (41 ft 3 in)
Height, m 3.96 m (13 ft 0 in)
Wing span 13.11 m (43ft 0 in)
Wing area 34.74 m² (374 sqft)
Weight
Weight Empty weight 3,737 kg (8,140 lb) 4,771 kg (10,517 lb)
Gross weight 6,258 kg (13,795 lb) 6,559 kg (14,460 lb)
Powerplant
Rolls-Royce 2 x TJE W.2B/23C Welland 2 x TJE W.2B/37 Derwent I
Thrust 2 x 772 kgp (1,700 lb) 2 x 908 kgp (2,000 lb)
Performance
Maximum speed at altitude 3,050 m (10,000 ft) 675 km/h (415 mph) 837 km/h (515 mph)
Service range 2000 km (1250 mi) 2160 km (1350 mi)
Time to 9,150 m (30,000ft) 15 min
Service ceilling 12,200 m (40,000ft) 13,400 m
Armament
20-mm cannon 4 4

References

  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "British Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. D. March/
  • "Air War" /# 120 Gloster Meteor/

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