AW Meteor NF11 WM167/G-LOSM made its final flight on 5 January 2019 in the hands of Dan Griffith. The 1952-built former nightfighter, TT20 target tug and air display participant left its Coventry home for Bruntingthorpe to join the Classic British Jets Collection (CBJC), a new operation at the Leicestershire site. After making several missed approaches it landed on Runway 06 and taxied in to be welcomed by a sizeable crowd.
The CBJC intends to keep the Meteor running in fast-taxiable condition, like the majority of Bruntingthorpe’s classic jets. Its growing fleet also includes Gnat T1 XP540, Hunter GA11 WT806, Jet Provosts T3A XM365 and T5 XW290, Sea Vixen FAW2 XJ494 and Venom FB50 WR470. Just two Meteors are now airworthy in the UK: Martin-baker’s modified T7 ejector-seat testbeds WA638 and WL419. Elsewhere, Meteor T7 WA591, which left Coventry in March 2018 to join the World Heritage Air Museum in Michigan, has recently been put up for sale. This follows former owner the late Marty Tibbitts’ untimely death last July while flying a Venom to Oshkosh.
Meteor NF11 WM167 landing at Bruntingthorpe after its last flight from Coventry