The first flight of the Gloster Meteor jet aircraft on this day 5th March 1943. It was the first British jet fighter and the Allie's first operational jet. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, developed by Sir Frank Whittle. Gloster Meteor | Great Britain | 600 Sqn "county of London", RAFuxAF | Meteor F.Mk.4 | N (RA381)
The Gloster Meteor. Worlds first production jet. It used Whittle's turbojet engine. Claimed 14 V1 kills and 46 other planes. It was often subject to friendly fire, being mistaken for the ME262 and was forbidden to be flown over German occupied territory.