Whilst the design for Britain's first combat-ready jet fighter had been in the concept and planning stages since the outbreak of WWII, it was only after the development of Frank Whittle's ground-breaking turbojet engine towards the end of the war, that the jet fighter finally moved into production.
By this stage, the radical German jet fighter, the Messerschmidt Me2 had already been wreaking havoc amongst the USAF's bomber fleets for many months.
With little time to spare, the Meteor's designers did not have the luxury of producing custom instrumentation and other flight and airframe components specifically for the new jet fighter so instead, found themselves scavenging much of it from the latest RAF's fighters such as the reconnaissance PRX Spitfire and the Hawker Typhoon and Tempest.
This instrument adaptation and recycling was to continue well into the post war era for both the British and Americans airforces, with many of the newer aircraft seeing combat in the Korean War with a dashboard full of recycled instruments, their housings covered in new compliance and operational service stamps.
The Gloster Meteor, Air Ministry issued Sensitive Altimeter Mk XIVA 6A/3380 sat just under the aircraft's Airspeed Indicator at the left of the pilot's main flying panel.
The Sensitive Altimeter displayed altitude up to 35,000 ft using 3 pointers. The first and longest indicated 100's of feet, the second indicated 1000's of feet, along the outer scale, and the third and smallest indicated 10,000's of feet. on the inner scale. The knob is used to adjust the altimeter to the barometric pressure as displayed in the small window at the 6 o'clock position.
This Gloster Meteor Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Gloster Meteor Mk XIVA 6A/3380 Air Ministry issued Kollsman Altimeter, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 3 - 4 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a Gloster Meteor or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.