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Meteor boys : true tales from the operators of Britain's first jet fighter - from 1944 to date / Steve Bond.

By: Bond, Steve [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Grub Street, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 223 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781910690260.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- History | Air pilots, Military -- Great Britain -- Biography | Air pilots, Military -- Great Britain -- History | Jet fighter planes -- Great Britain -- HistorySummary: Grub Street is proud to present Meteor Boys, the latest title in its ever-popular Boys series. 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 thirty veterans, author and Meteor veteran 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.
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Grub Street is proud to present Meteor Boys, the latest title in its ever-popular Boys series. 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 thirty veterans, author and Meteor veteran 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 adrenaline 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. The book will also feature photographs never seen before in print. This detailed history of this iconic and much loved jet fighter will appeal to all aviation fans.

Includes index.

Grub Street is proud to present Meteor Boys, the latest title in its ever-popular Boys series. 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 thirty veterans, author and Meteor veteran 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.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 6)
  • Introduction and Acknowledgements (p. 9)
  • Chapter 1 The Tigers - 74 Squadron (p. 18)
  • Chapter 2 Day Fighter Zenith (p. 37)
  • Chapter 3 Weekend Flyers - The Royal Auxiliary Air Force (p. 58)
  • Chapter 4 'We Stalk by Night' - Nocturnal Meteors (p. 73)
  • Chapter 5 Low and Fast - Fighter Reconnaissance (p. 99)
  • Chapter 6 'Alone Above All1 - Photo Reconnaissance (p. 116)
  • Chapter 7 Challenging Times - Pilot Training in the 1950s (p. 134)
  • Chapter 8 Second Wind - Aircrew Training into the 1960s (p. 151)
  • Chapter 9 Target and Taxis (p. 167)
  • Chapter 10 Air Displays and Earning Their Keep (p. 189)
  • Appendix: Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Operating Units (p. 207)
  • Abbreviations (p. 213)
  • Select Bibliography (p. 216)
  • Index (p. 217)