Specifications for the
Gloster / Armstrong Whitworth Meteor
Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
Focus Model: Gloster / Armstrong Whitworth Meteor F.Mk 1
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Gloster Aircraft Company / Armstrong Whitworth - UK
Initial Year of Service: 1944
Production Total: 3,947
Length: 41.24 ft (12.57 m)
Width: 43.01 ft (13.11 m)
Height: 12.99ft (3.96 m)
Weight (Empty): 8,139 lb (3,692 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 13,819 lb (6,268 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Rolls-Royce W2B/23 Welland turbojet engines developing 1,700 lb of thrust each.
Maximum Speed: 410 mph (660 kmh; 356 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,000 miles (1,610 km)
Service Ceiling: 39,993 ft (12,190 m; 7.6 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,155 feet-per-minute (657 m/min)
4 x 20mm Hispano Cannons in nose.
16 x 3" rockets under wings
G.41 - Company Design Designation
F.Mk 1 - Initial production model appearing in 1943.
F.Mk 1 (Trent Turboprop) - Single Developmental Test Bed Example showcasing Rolls-Royce Turboprop engine.
F.Mk 2 - Single Developmental Engine Test Aircraft
F.Mk 3 - Fitted with Derwent I series turbojet engines; sliding canopy.
F.Mk 4 - Fitted with Derwent 5 series turbojet engines; reinforced fuselage.
FR.Mk 5 - Single Example Fighter Reconnaissance based on F.Mk 4 model.
F.Mk 8 - Improved Meteor based on F.Mk 4 models; revised tail unit; increased fuel capacity; ejection seat; lengthened fuselage; beginning service in 1950; single Armstrong Whitworth WK935 example served as an experimental Meteor with prone pilot position.
FR.Mk 9 - Fighter Reconnaissance Variant of production F.Mk 8 fighter models.
PR.Mk 10 - Photo Reconnaissance Variant of production F.Mk 8 fighter models.
NF.Mk 11 - Dedicated Night-Fighter Variant of production F.Mk 8 fighter models; fitted with radar.
NF.Mk 12 - Dedicated Night-Fighter Variant of production F.Mk 8 fighter models; based on NF.Mk 11 night-fighter; elongated nose section for American-produced radar system.
NF.Mk 13 - Dedicated Night-Fighter Variant of production F.Mk 8 fighter models; based on NF.Mk 11 night-fighter; tropicalized with applicable equipment for extreme weather operations overseas.
NF.Mk 14 - Dedicated Night-Fighter Variant of production F.Mk 8 fighter models; based on NF.Mk 11 night-fighter; featured revised canopy in two-piece form.
U.Mk 15 - F.Mk 4 Drone Conversion Model
U.Mk 16 - F.Mk 8 Drone Conversion Model
U.Mk 21 - F.Mk 8 Drone Conversion Model
T.Mk 7 - Two-Seat Trainer
TT.Mk 20 - Target Towing model converted from NF.Mk 11 night-fighters.
Argentina; Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Denmark; Ecuador; Egypt; France; Israel; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; South Africa; Sweden; Syria; United Kingdom; United States