GLOSTER METEOR F. MK 8 WA880
Marked A77-721

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Built by Gloster Aircraft Company at Hucclecote under Contract Number 6/ACFT/2983

Awaiting collection

Issued to No 257 Sqn RAF at Horsham St Faith. Coded A6-S and later V.

No 257 Sqn moved to Wattisham

Issued to No 500 Sqn RAF at West Malling (An Auxiliary Air Force Squadron)
(Some sources state 09NOV50)

Issued to Flight Refuelling Ltd, probably for target towing conversion

Issued to No 43 Sqn RAF ("The Fighting Cocks") at Leuchars
(Some sources state 25JAN56). No 43 Sqn were operating Hunters by this time.

Issued to No 222 Sqn RAF at Leuchars. Coded J. No 222 Sqn were operating Hunters by this time.

Issued to 20 Maintenance Unit at Aston Down

Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit at Lyneham

Issued to RAF Flying College at Manby

Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit at Lyneham

Issued to 5 Maintenance Unit at Kemble

Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit at Lyneham

Issued to the Far East Air Force

Issued to 389 Maintenence Unit at Changi, Singapore

Issued to Target Towing Flight Changi

Issued to 1574 (TT) Flight, Singapore

Struck off charge (Cat 5C)

Sold to Singapore Air Force Technical College as SAFTECH-2

Approx moved to Sentosa Island, Singapore

QAM resolved to purchase Meteor WA880, Hunter XF311 and Sea Vixen XJ490 from the Aik Hong Hardware Company of Singapore.

Removed from Sentosa by QAM on barge "Tai Chen"

Arrived in Townsville on M.V. "San Juan" from Singapore

Arrived Brisbane from Townsville on M.V. "Sid McGrath"

Trucked to Caloundra. Cosmetically repainted as WA880

Trucked to Amberley to be repainted in RAAF markings as A77-721 to commemorate the first RAAF Meteor lost in combat in Korea. Initially aircraft was incorrectly painted as A77-271 but this was later changed to A77-721. Aircraft was to be displayed at Amberley during the RAAFs 75th Anniversary airshow but the event was cancelled because of heavy rain.

Trucked from Amberley to Caloundra.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Remarks

Added the date that QAM resolved to purchase the aircraft (17JAN89).

Issue: 02

DATE: 24 AUG 09

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 02 JAN 02

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