As Britain’s first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor has had a remarkably varied and lengthy life. But whilst many books have focused on its development and service history, the time has come to hear the personal experiences of its air and ground crews.
By interviewing over forty veterans, author Steve Bond has written an incredibly detailed insight into this iconic aircraft, which is supported by anecdotes and accounts from those who knew it best. One example is Alan McDonald who described the Meteor as ‘a bit unforgiving if you got it wrong, as many pilots found out to their cost, especially on one engine, but I must admit I got to like it very much – it was a great adrenalin rush.’
Alongside these entertaining anecdotes are details of the Meteor’s origins and developments. Starting with the first deliveries in 1944 working through to the present day, Steve Bond documents the diverse role which the Meteor has had. From use in operations against the V1, photo-reconnaissance missions, as a training machine and later a display aircraft – particular attention is given to its major service period of the 1950s through to the early 1960s. This detailed history of this iconic and much-loved jet fighter will appeal to all aviation fans.
PRAISE FOR METEOR BOYS
‘Steve Bond has produced another winner in this entertaining series.’ Aviation News
‘Meteor Boys is a great read showing what a flexible resource the aircraft became.’ RAF Club Library
‘A nicely rounded history of one of the world’s historic aircraft and how it served with dozens of air forces in each of the continents.’ Pilot
‘’I strongly recommend this book.’ Group Captain Tom Eeles RAF (Ret’d)
A life-long aviation professional and historian, Dr Steve Bond has spent over forty years working in the industry. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on many different aircraft, and was part of the Eurofighter Typhoon project team in the MoD. He is the author of many magazine articles and books including Javelin Boys, Shackleton Boys Volume 1 and Volume 2 for Grub Street.