Me­te­oric mover

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port and photo: Paul Fid­dian

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

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