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Meteor Boys

True Tales from the Operators of Britain's First Jet Fighter: From 1944 to Date
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Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Through the firsthand experiences of pilots and ground crew, the author of Javelin Boys chronicles the history of the RAF’s first jet-engine aircraft. As Britain’s first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor has had a remarkably varied and lengthy life. But while many books have focused on its development and service history, the time has come to hear the personal experiences of its air and ground crews. 

By interviewing more than 30 veterans, author and Meteor veteran Steve Bond has written an incredibly detailed insight into this iconic aircraft, which is supported by anecdotes and accounts from those who knew it best. One example is Alan McDonald, who described the Meteor as “a bit unforgiving if you got it wrong, as many pilots found out to their cost, especially on one engine, but I must admit I got to like it very much - it was a great adrenaline rush”. 

Alongside these entertaining anecdotes are details of the Meteor’s origins and developments. Starting with the first deliveries in 1944 working through to the present day, Bond documents the diverse role that the Meteor has had - from operations against the V1 and photo-reconnaissance missions to its use as a training machine and later as a display aircraft. 

This detailed history of this iconic and much-loved jet fighter will appeal to all aviation fans.

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“Bond has done a great job with this book with many personal accounts of the people that were involved every day in the life of the Meteor. Highly Recommended.” (International Plastic Modelers’ Society/USA)

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  • Tony
  • 29-06-19

Furst Generation Jets

Interesting book and partially explains the appalling accident rate the RAF suffered at that time. Would have liked more technical details on the aircraft and engines and more on the handling. The little bit of comparison given comparing the Gloster and the North American Sabre was tantalizing particularly the claim the Meteor could outperform the American jet at low altitudes. Needed expansion.
Still,this book provides rare coverage of a now forgotten era.