Coventry & Warwickshire

Gloster Meteor T7 G-BWMF lands at Coventry Airport

Britain's oldest flying jet aircraft has landed at Coventry Airport where it will be used in air shows and for pilot training.

The Gloster Meteor first flew in 1943 and was the first British operational jet to be used in World War II. It flew until 1965.

The T7 G-BWMF model that will be based in Coventry was built in 1949.

Safety checks delayed its arrival by more than an hour and it landed with a smoking cowl, which will be inspected.

Ahead of its move to Coventry, the aircraft underwent a £500,000 rebuild at Gloucestershire's Kemble Airfield.

As part of its flight on Tuesday, it flew from there over Shipston-on-Stour, Wellsbourne, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stoneleigh, Bubbenhall and Draycote before landing at its new home in Baginton at 1215 BST.

It now joins 30 other iconic aircraft at the Airbase attraction at Coventry Airport.

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