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Gloster Meteor NF-11 Jet Fighter Plane

The Gloster Meteor NF-11 was a night fighter variant of the Gloster Meteor fighter fitted with Airborne Intercept radar, designed in response to Air Ministry specification F.44/46 of January 1947. The prototype Meteor NF-11 made it's first flight on the 31st of May 1950, production aircraft were made under licence by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Company at their Baginton Coventry factory, the main visual difference when compared to a standard fighter was the far longer nose required to accommodate the bulky AI.10 radar.

Gloster Meteor  NF-11 Jet Fighter Plane


The first Gloster Meteor NF-11's were delivered to the RAF's 29, 141 and 85 Squadrons in 1951 replacing their existing Mosquito night fighters, the last batch was delivered in 1955 completing the conversion from the older de Havilland Mosquito night fighters. The aircraft pictured above is powered by twin 3,800lbs thrust Rolls Royce Mk 9 Derwents and was delivered to the RAF's 228 Squadron Operational Conversion Unit in August 1952 as WM167, it's now registered privately as G-LOSM and is the only example still airworthy in the UK.

Meteor NF.14 Armament:

  • Radar: AN/APQ-43
  • Guns: Four wing-mounted 20 mm Hispano cannon

Meteor NF.14 Specifications:

  • wingspan: 13.1 meters (43 feet)
  • length: 15.5 meters (51 feet 4 inches)
  • Height: 4.2 meters (13 feet 11 inches)
  • Empty weight: 5,725 kilograms (12,620 pounds)
  • Maximum loaded weight: 9,625 kilograms (21,200 pounds)
  • Engines: Twin 16.9 kN (1,725 kgp / 3,800 lbf) Rolls Royce Derwent 9 turbojets
  • Maximum speed: 587 KPH (930 MPH / 810 KT)
  • Service ceiling: 12,200 meters (40,000 feet)
  • Maximum Range: 1,530 kilometers (950 MI / 825 NMI)

Gloster Meteor NF-11

Gloster Meteor Jet Fighter nf-11

The Meteor NF.12

The Meteor NF.12 became operational with the RAF in early 1954, it was a modification of the NF.11 with 17 inches added to the nose to allow the installation of the American APS-21 radar system, the new Rolls-Royce Derwent 9 engines were fitted form improved performance. The Meteor NF.12 only remained operational for a few years before being replaced with later variants.

Meteor NF-12 Night Fighter

The Meteor NF.14

The Meteor NF.14 was the last variant of the Meteor night fighter, the most obvious change was the replacement of the "glasshouse" cockpit canopy with a better visibility bubble canopy. Meteor NF.14 night fighters entered RAF service in early 1954 and remained operational until 1961 although a gradual replacement with Gloster Javelins had started in 1961.

Gloster Meteor  NF-14 Jet Night Fighter

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