Although the Gloster Meteor first flew in 1943, it never made an impact during World War Two, therefore we’ll place it in the postwar category. It was the RAF’s first jet fighter and entered squadron service in July 1944, but the first versions were quickly eclipsed as newer aircraft designs were produced in the years following the war. Gloster went back to the drawing board and created the Meteor F.8 and it became the definitive jet fighter for Fighter Command in the early to mid 1950’s. Other significant variants included the T.7 trainer and the night fighters. The final versions in RAF service in the 80’s were target tugs. The FSX aircraft shown here are freeware.

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