Gloster Meteor T.7

Twin engine two-seat jet trainer

    The Gloster Meteor T.7 was a two-seat trainer version of the famous Gloster Meteor fighter. Because the transition from the single-engine propeller powered Spitfire or Harvard to the twin-engine jetfighter was considered a too big a step for the inexperienced student pilots, the need arose to obtain a two-seater trainer. In the fifties the Belgian Air Force took on charge large amounts of British and American build jets and specifically for the transition training the Meteor T.7 and the Lockheed T-33A trainers were acquired respectively. A first batch of 3 new-build aircraft (ED1 - ED3) was delivered together with the first Meteor F.4s for the Belgian Air Force. With the introduction of the more advanced Meteor F.8 fighter two batches of respectively 4 (ED4 - ED7 in July 1951) and 5 (ED8 - ED12 in early 1953) former RAF (but unused) aircraft were delivered to boost the training assets. The arrival of the Meteor F.8 also meant that the Meteor F.4 had become obsolete. Twenty of them were converted by Avions Fairey to Meteor T.7-standards (ED13 - ED32) from 1952 onwards. Starting in September 1953 an additional 10 ex-RAF aircraft were supplied (ED33 - ED43). The majority of the Meteor T.7s were scrapped after their service life.

Newly build and former (non-used) RAF aircraft.

ED-01

History

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1948

Date Out

Jan 1962

G-5-212, ED-1/B2-X

ED-02

History

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1949

Date Out

Jan 1958

G-5-213, ED-2/B2-O

ED-03

History

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1949

Date Out

Jan 1962

G-5-214, ED-3/B2-Z

ED-04

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1951

Date Out

Jan 1958

WF817 (RAF), ED-4

ED-05

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1951

Date Out

Jan 1962

WF827 (RAF) ED-5

ED-06

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1951

Date Out

Jan 1962

WF818 (RAF), ED-6

ED-07

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1951

Date Out

Jan 1962

WL399 (RAF), ED-7, converted to Meteor T.7A standards .

ED-07 bis

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1951

Date Out

Jan 1962

WL399 (RAF), Meteor T.7, 1956/57 converted to T.7A ED-7.

ED-08

History

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

Jan 1962

WL428 (RAF), ED-8

ED-09

History

C/N

-

Date In

Feb 1953

Date Out

Jan 1962

WL427 (RAF), ED-9

ED-10

History

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

Jan 1962

WL415 (RAF), ED-10

ED-11

History

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

Jan 1962

WH171 (RAF), ED-11

ED-12

History

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1953

Date Out

1957

WH174 (RAF), ED-12

ED-13

History

C/N

-

Date In

Feb 1952

Date Out

Aug 1956

G-5-249, conversion of EF-4 (Meteor F.4), ED-13

ED-14

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

Apr 1956

G-5-252, conversion of EF-7 (Meteor F.4), ED-14, converted to T.7A ED-14, sold to Israel.

ED-15

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

Aug 1957

G-5-254, conversion of EF-9 (Meteor F.4), ED-15, converted to Meteor T.7A ED-15, sold to Israel.

ED-16

History

C/N

-

Date In

Feb 1952

Date Out

1958

G-5-255, conversion of EF-10 (Meteor F.4), ED-16

ED-17

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

1958

G-5-256, conversion of EF-11 (Meteor F.4), ED-17

ED-18

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

1958

G-5-257, conversion of EF-12 (Meteor F.4), ED-18

ED-19

History

C/N

-

Date In

1953

Date Out

Aug 1958

G-5-258, conversion of EF-13 (Meteor F.4), ED-19

ED-20

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

Aug 1958

G-5-260, conversion of EF-15 (Meteor F.4), ED-20

ED-21

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

Oct 1955

G-5-261, conversion of EF-16 (Meteor F.4), ED-21, crashed at Tongres St; Martin on 3 Oct 1955.

ED-22

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

Jan 1962

G-5-263, conversion of EF-18 (Meteor F.4), ED-22

ED-23

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

Aug 1958

G-5-264, conversion of EF-19 (Meteor F.4), ED-23

ED-24

History

C/N

-

Date In

1954

Date Out

1958

G-5-266, conversion of EF-21 (Meteor F.4), ED-24, exhibited at "Ateliers Deprez" at Roeselare, scrapped.

ED-25

History

C/N

-

Date In

1952

Date Out

1957

G-5-268, conversion of EF-23 (Meteor F.4), ED-25

ED-26

History

C/N

-

Date In

1953

Date Out

1958

G-5-270, conversion of EF-26 (Meteor F.4), ED-26

ED-27

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

Nov 1955

G-5-273, conversion of EF-28 (Meteor F.4) ED-27, written of in fire during starting up at Brustem on 3 Nov 1955.

ED-28

History

C/N

-

Date In

1954

Date Out

Jan 1962

G-5-275, conversion of EF-30 (Meteor F.4), ED-28, converted to Meteor T.7A

ED-28 bis

History

C/N

-

Date In

1954

Date Out

Jan 1962

G5-275, conversion of EF-30 (Meteor F.4), ED-28 (Meteor T.7), converted to T.7A ED-28 "Mulet".

ED-29

History

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

Jan 1962

G-5-277, conversion of EF-32 (Meteor F.4), ED-29

ED-30

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

Feb 1956

G-5-284, conversion of EF-39 (Meteor F.4), ED-30, crashed at Thieusies/Naast on 22 Feb 1956.

ED-31

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

Aug 1958

G-5-286, conversion of EF-41 (Meteor F.4), ED-31

ED-32

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

1958

G-5-287, conversion of EF-42 (Meteor F.4), ED-32

ED-33

History

C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1953

Date Out

Jan 1962

WL486 (RAF), ED-33

ED-34

History

C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1953

Date Out

Jan 1962

WN320 (RAF), ED-34

ED-35

History

C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1953

Date Out

May 1954

WS140 (RAF), ED-35, crashed at Chièvres airbase on 19 May 1954.

ED-36

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Aug 1954

WS141 (RAF), ED-36, crashed at Hondschoote/Killem (F.) on 19 Aug 1954.

ED-37

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1954

Date Out

Jan 1962

XF273 (RAF), ED-37

ED-38

History

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1956

Date Out

Aug 1958

WA688 (RAF), ED-38

ED-39

History

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

Jan 1962

WH114 (RAF), ED-39

ED-40

History

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

Jan 1962

WA684 (RAF), ED-40

ED-41

History

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

Jan 1962

WH117 (RAF), ED-41

ED-42

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1957

Date Out

Jan 1962

WG970 (RAF), ED-42

ED-43

History

C/N

-

Date In

Feb 1957

Date Out

Jan 1962

WF814 (RAF), ED-43

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