Gloster Meteor T7, G-JETM, Gatwick Aviation Museum
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Code Number: VZ638 / HF
Model Gloster Meteor T7
Operator: Gatwick Aviation Museum
Airport: Charlwood, Surrey, UK - England
Photographer: Ian Mantel
Date Taken: 13/07/2013
VZ638 entered service with No. 500 "County of Kent" squadron, going on to serve with No.s 25,54 and 85 squadrons. It moved on to serve with No. 501 "County of Gloucester" squadron and finally with 237 O.C.U. at RAF College Cranwell and the college of air warfare. On withdrawal from service it was stored at RAF Kemble. VZ638 was sold on the 12th of January 1972 and went to the British Historical Air Museum at Southend. On the demise of the museum it passed to Southampton and then to Hurn where it joined the "Hunter One" collection. On the death of Mike Carlton, VZ638 was purchased by "Aces High" at North Weald. Now registered G-JETM it was painted at North Weald as a Meteor T.7 serving at Hal Far (Malta). Peter Vallance purchased the aeroplane for the Gatwick Aviation Museum in July 1988.