Gloster Meteor

Seaweed

War Hero
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#2
The one in whuich Teddy Donaldson won the World Air Speed Record can be seen at Tangmere, alongside the Hunter which did the same later.
 

Seaweed

War Hero
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#4
Used ashore for training. When I was on S/Lts' courses at Brawdy the Cdr(Air) needed to get some hours in and I managed to bag the back seat. "What's that ship Seaweed?" "can't make it oput from here Sir." "Let's go down and have a look". So I read the name off the bow, above me. Fortunately no shitehawk wanted a little sleep in the engine.
 

Seaweed

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#7
Some of the Meteor's contemporary the Vampire were fitted with hooks and a Vampire was used by Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown for an insane experiment involving wheels-up landings onto a rubber deck on board HMS Warrior. The problem, which perhaps might have been foreseen, was that the a/c then had to be lifted up and got onto its wheels again. Vampires were also used for training, and, in a green livery, one was FONAC's Green Parrot. The Vampire's derivative the Venom did go to sea as the Sea Venom, the RN's night-fighter replacement for the Sea Hornet, later superseded by that death-trap the Sea Vixen.

I think the FAA Museum has a Vampire in naval livery.

Meteors were also used by Fleet Reqts Units for AA practice of various sorts but by 1968 were limited to 250K (as I discovered when I asked one to speed up for a ship's Inspection).