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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA35011
Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8 Diecast Model
RAF No.74 Sqn, RAF Horsham St.Faith, England, 1954

Limited Edition
Pieces Worldwide

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8   6.75"   7.25"

The Gloster Meteor was the RAF's first jet fighter aircraft, whose development began in November 1940 following the appearance of the turbojet designed by Frank Whittle. The Gloster Meteor made its first test flight on March 5, 1943. The Mk. I had a maximum speed of 417 mph at 3000m and had a range of 1610 km, powered by two Rolls-Royce W.2B/23C turbojet engines providing 771 kg of thrust each. Later versions, beginning with the F.8 in 1948 were the first British production aircraft to be equipped with ejector seats. 74 Squadron was re-equipped as the RAF's third Meteor F.3 squadron in June 1945 and formed the first all jet fighter wing along with 616 and 504 Squadrons. The Mk.III Meteors were retained until March 1948, re-equipment with F.4's commencing in December 1947. The F.4 was operated by the Squadron until October 1950, when it was replaced by the F.8. No.74 Squadron operated the Mk.8 from Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk for seven years until the type was replaced by the Hunter in 1957.

Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8

Designed as a turbojet-powered fighter in a time when piston-engined aircraft still dominated the skies, the Gloster Meteor first flew on March 5, 1943. The Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the only Allied jet aircraft to see service during WWII. It debuted around the same time as the German Me 262, but was not used for dogfighting—instead, Meteors were used to combat the V1 Flying Bomb. The Meteor's service during WWII was limited, but it saw combat during the Korean War and was used by the Royal Australian Air Force and by the Air Forces of more than a dozen other nations until its ultimate retirement in the 1970s.

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Corgi's 1:72 scale Meteor series includes both early and late variants of the F. Mk 8. The early F 8 variant features longer engine nacelles and obstructed visibility behind the pilot, with the later featuring shorter engine nacelles with a larger intake and a full canopy. Four 20mm cannon guns—the aircraft's main weapons—are visible just below the cockpit. Some releases include rockets mounted under the outer wings, and some include a ventral mounted fuel tank with under-wing tanks. The stout metal landing gear with splash guard fenders are easy to install for ground display.

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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series

The Corgi "Aviation Archive" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. The vast Aviation Archive range has become the standard by which all other diecast airplane ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival library material. Famous airplanes and aviators from both military and commercial airline aviation are all honored.

Corgi "Aviation Archive" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Selected interchangeable features such as speed-brakes, opened canopies and access panels.
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings.

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