5 March 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the first ever British and Allied jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor, in 1943. It was the first British combat aircraft to be powered by Frank Whittle’s revolutionary invention, the jet engine.
At the controls at RAF Cranwell was Gloster’s chief test pilot Neil ‘Michael’ Daunt. With the serial number DG206/G, it was the fifth of eight F9/40 Meteor prototypes.
“A nation’s ability to fight a modern war is as good as its technological ability.”Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine