|Gloster Meteor F.4 SW|
|Maximum Speed||837 km/h|
|On Height||3050 m|
|Maximum Altitude||13,400 m|
|Turn Time||33.9 seconds|
|Rate of Climb||37 m/s|
|Takeoff Run||357 m|
|Armament||4x 20mm Hispano cannons (780 rds)|
An updated version of the Gloster Meteor F.3, the F.4 featured the Derwent 5 engines and the clipped wings, a stronger airframe, a fully pressurized cockpit, lighter ailerons to improve maneuverability, and rudder trim adjustments to reduce snaking. The F.4 could also be fitted with a drop tank under each wing, and experiments were performed with carriage of underwing stores.
The clipped wings both provided greater speed and improved the roll rate, though at the expense of a longer takeoff run and faster landing speed. They were also intended to reduce stress on the wings, following an accident when a Meteor broke up in the air after pulling out of a dive, killing a Gloster test pilot.
A total of 535 Meteor F.4s was built for the RAF, with 48 of that number second-sourced by Armstrong-Whitworth. The F.4 was also exported in large numbers. Gloster took an F.4 on a sales tour in 1947, painted red with white detailing. Although this aircraft was damaged beyond repair by a Belgian pilot early in the tour due to a landing gear malfunction, international sales were brisk.
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