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Gloster Meteor T.7 ('?')
Four T.7 ordered 10 February 1953 from the UK manufacturer. Delivered June 1953. Finished in silver overall with ventral target towing lugs fitted. Followed by two more ex-RAF examples in 1955. Two (some reports say four) more T.7 acquired from Avions Fairey in Belgium in 1957. Two of these were fitted with a Meteor F.8 type tail assembly. Used by 117 sqn for jet conversion training and then with 107 sqn as target tugs. Survivors withdrawn 1970. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
13   - 17 June 1953 delivery serial 2162, named "Soufa"
14   - 17 June 1953 delivery serial 2163, named "Sa'ar"
15   - June 1953 delivery serial 2164, named "Ra'am", preserved Hatzerim museum
16   - June 1953 delivery serial 2165, named "Barak"
17   WL434 March 1955  
18   WL466 Oct 1955 preserved Hatzerim museum
111     Dec 1957 renumbered 21?, 'F.8' type tail, preserved Hatzerim museum
112   4X-FNB Jan 1958 'F.8' type tail.

References:

  • The Gloster Meteor (Edward Shacklady)
  • Wings of Fame Vol.15


Gloster Meteor F.8 ('?')
Eleven F.8 ordered 10 February 1953 from the UK manufacturer. Aircraft fitted with target tug fittings, Martin Baker M2E ejection seats, Israeli supplied Hispano cannon and provision for American HVAR rocket projectiles under the wings. Delivered between 21 August 1953 and 17 (21?) January 1954. Used by 117 sqn for interceptor role until October 1956, then as fighter bomber and subsequently for advanced training, finally to 107 sqn for target towing. Withdrawn in 1964. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
      21 August 1953 delivery serial 2166. Weapons test aircraft.
      21 August 1953 delivery serial 2167
      late 1953 delivery serial 2168
      late 1953 delivery serial 2169
      late 1953 delivery serial 2172
      late 1953 delivery serial 2173
      late 1953 delivery serial 2174
      late 1953 delivery serial 2175
      late 1953 delivery serial 2176, embargoed Egyptian aircraft.
      17 January 1954 delivery serial 2177, embargoed Egyptian aircraft.
      17 January 1954 delivery serial 2178, embargoed Egyptian aircraft.
Aircraft serial 06, wreck 37 and one unserialled are preserved at Hatzerim museum. One aircraft w/o Sept 1954 in the Negev.

References:

  • The Gloster Meteor (Edward Shacklady)
  • Wings of Fame Vol.15


Gloster Meteor FR.9 ('?')
Seven refurbished ex-RAF FR.9 obtained from Flight Refuelling Ltd in the UK in January 1955-May 1955. Used by 117 sqn in the fighter-bomber role and then from 1957 for advanced training. Withdrawn in the 1960's. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
211   WX967 1955 renumbered 36
212   WL259 1955 renumbered 37
213   WB123 1955 renumbered 34
214   WB140 1955 renumbered 35
215   WX975 1955 renumbered 31
216   WX963 1955 renumbered 32
217   WX980 1955 renumbered 33

References:

  • The Gloster Meteor (Edward Shacklady)
  • Wings of Fame Vol.15


Gloster Meteor NF.13 ('?')
Six ex-RAF NF.13 ordered from the UK in April 1956. Three of these were ferried to Israel by British pilots just prior to the Suez Campaign of October 1956. An arms embargo after Suez meant that the remaining three were stored by Armstrong Whitworth at Bitteswell, Leicestershire. These were finally delivered by Israeli pilots in March-April 1958, although one aircraft forced landed in France en-route and was written off. Used by 119 sqn for the night interception role. Withdrawn from IDF/AF service 1964. Aircraft No. 57 was transferred to IAI and fitted with an experimental nose cone housing test instrumentation. It was donated to the IDF/AF Museum upon retirement. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
50   WM309/4X-FND Sept 1956 delivery serial 2159
51   WM334/4X-FNB Sept 1956 delivery serial 2157, preserved Tel Nof Gate, to Hatzerim museum
52   WM366/4X-FNA Sept 1956 delivery serial 2156
55   WM312/4X-FNC 18 April 1958 delivery serial 2158
57   WM320/4X-FNE 18 April 1958 delivery serial 2160, to IAI as 4X-BET, preserved Hatzerim museum.
59   WM335/4X-FNF March 1958 delivery serial 2161, w/o when forced landed at Bordinier, near Paris, France, 21 March 1958.

References:

  • Flypast October 1999
  • The Gloster Meteor (Edward Shacklady)
  • Air Britain Digest xxx
  • Wings of Fame Vol.15



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