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Old 28th Oct 2012, 17:25   #1 (permalink)
 
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Trent Meteor

The Trent Meteor was alledgedly scrapped in 1949 or 1951, BUT, I can remember seeing a Meteor with props in the Hangar at RNAS Bramcote, the FAA Air Mechanics School in 1955, was it an hallucination ???
its been bugging me for years !!!
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 16:50   #2 (permalink)
 
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Meteor With Props

G.41A Meteor F.Mk Is. These had Welland engines and a clear-view canopy. The first Meteor was traded to the United States for a Bell YP-59A Airacomet, the USA's first jet fighter. One was used in an experimental design for the world's first turboprop-driven plane. This aircraft, the Trent-Meteor, used reduction gears on the engine to drive a propeller shaft with a five bladed propeller. It was equipped with longer-stroke landing gear to give clearance for the propeller tips.

Found at Warbird Alley: Gloster Meteor


I think I am correct in seeing a photo of it in the 50's and not on the 1st April.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 17:28   #3 (permalink)
 
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This thread would be better off in AH & N.
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 18:16   #4 (permalink)
 
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The published histories of the Trent Meteor (EE227) suggest that it was Struck Off Charge in 1949, without explicitly saying that it was scrapped at the time.

So it's possible, I suppose, that it survived for a few more years as a Navy instructional airframe.

Edit: However this post on ARRSE Whats this, any plane spotters in? suggests that it was demodded in 1948 before being scrapped the following year.

Either that, or some FAA engineering apprentices were having a laugh with a bog-standard Meatbox and a couple of gash props ...

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Old 31st Oct 2012, 17:05   #5 (permalink)
 
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Photo can be found at :-

Gloster Meteor F I - Trent
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