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A white Armstrong Whitworth Meteor jet fighter aircraft with a red stripe.

Armstrong Whitworth Meteor

The Meteor was the Royal Air Force’s first jet fighter. It entered service in 1944.

The Meteor at the National Museum of Flight is a night-fighter version, with two seats and a longer nose to house the radar.

The Ferranti Flying Unit, based at Edinburgh Airport, used it to test radar equipment and to transport company personnel. The paint scheme of white with a red stripe led to the aircraft being nicknamed ‘Mentadent’ after the brand of toothpaste.

Meteor fact file

Date:    1953
Mark: NF.14
Crew: 2 (pilot, navigator)
Top speed:  578 mph (925 km/h)
Range: 950 miles (1,520 km)
Weapons: 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons (none fitted to this aircraft)

A white Armstrong Whitworth Meteor aircraft with a red stripe parked in a large aviation hangar. There are other aircrafts in the distance.

The Meteor in the Military Aviation hangar at the National Museum of Flight. 

Cockpit view

Inside the cockpit of a Meteor aircraft. There are several dials and switches on the dashboard.

The cockpit of the Armstrong Whitworth Meteor.

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