Gloster Meteor F.8 ‘X’ [WL181]

  • Description

    c/n unknown. Built 1954. On display at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museums (NELSAM), Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, UK. 11th September 2017. The following history for WL181 is from the very informative NELSAM website:- “WL181 was delivered to 20 Maintenance Unit (MU) at Aston Down on 28th May 1954 for preparation for active service. It had joined Tangmere Station Flight by 16th July before moving on to 34 Squadron at the beginning of August. The aircraft made several visits to MU's during this period including 29MU at High Ercall on 7th December 1955, 12MU, Kirkbride on 11th February 1957 and 33MU, Lyneham on 17th December 1959. March 1960 saw the aircraft join the College of Air Warfare at Manby coded 'G' and it was here that it flew with the units aerobatic team, the Evergreens. It ended its service career with the Advanced Jet Refresher Squadron at Strubby until the aircraft retired to 5MU at Kemble on 3rd May 1965. On 3rd November 1971 the aircraft was struck off charge and in February 1972 was moved to Acklington to provide winching practice for the Whirlwinds of 22Sqn. By the end of 1974 Acklington had closed and WL181 was due to be scrapped. NEAM purchased the aircraft on 18th March 1975 and on 3rd May the aircraft was dismantled and moved to the museum.”
  • Owner

    Hawkeye UK
  • Source

    Flickr (Flickr)
  • License

    What does this mean? Attribution-ShareAlike License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 4 years, 7 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 2017-09-11T16:04:36
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