Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF14. The design and development of the NF Meteors was contracted to AW because Gloster was too busy with Meteor F8 production.
The Meteor was remarkable for a prototype design of first generation jet, for its long line of development and life in service. The only allied jet to see service in WW2. The preliminary design was submitted by Gloster’s Chief Designer George Carter, to the British Air Ministry in August 1940, and specification F9/40 resulted. It was ordered ‘off the drawing board’ in early 1941, even before Gloster’s first experimental jet, the E28/39 flew. The prototype Meteor first flew March 1943, and several different engines were experimented with, until the Whittle/Rolls Royce engine that finally evolved into the Derwent became standard.
Not surprising for one of the very first jets, it was not aerodynamically advanced, it was obsoleted as a front line fighter by the swept wing second generation jets. Although it did have enough time to twice hold the World Air Speed, and many other records, during the period when it reigned supreme. The NF14 was last of the fighting line, it first flew in 1953 and remained in service till 1965 with the RAF.
This model, NF14 WS726, gate guardian at 1855 Sqdn ATC Royton, Manchester, UK, has been recently restored and repainted as it was in its days as H of RAF 25 Sqdn. The model has dynamic undercarriage, flaps, airbrakes and canopy. #Aeroplane #Air_Force #Aircraft #Airplane #Armstrong #Derwent #Dynamic #Fighter #Gloster #Jet #Meteor #Military #NF #Night #RAF #Rolls #Royce #RR #Whitworth