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PICTURES: Rebuilt Gloster Meteor returns to Coventry home

A Gloster Meteor T7 trainer has been flown back to its birthplace in Coventry, England, following a more than 10-year rebuild project which cost over £500,000 ($800,000) to complete.

Used by the UK Royal Air Force from 1949 while registered as WA591, Meteor G-BWMF completed its latest delivery flight from Kemble, Gloucestershire on 5 July. This followed the aircraft’s return to the air on 14 June – the first time that it had been flown since 1965.

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Flown by Civil Aviation Authority test pilot Dan Griffith on its delivery flight, the restored jet will now join the Airbase exhibit at Coventry airport, which was formerly the site of the Whitworth Gloster Aircraft Company.


Airbase said its plans for the aircraft include “displaying at air shows and helping train new vintage jet pilots”.

For more coverage about the Gloster Meteor, visit Flightglobal's archive.

See Flight International's cutaway drawing of a Meteor Mk 8.