GLOSTER METEOR F. MK 8 WA880

 

 


    Built by Gloster Aircraft Company at Hucclecote under Contract Number 6/ACFT/2983
WA880
   
19SEP50
  Awaiting collection
29SEP50
  Issued to No 257 Sqn RAF at Horsham St Faith. Coded A6-S and later V.
JAN50
  No 257 Sqn moved to Wattisham
19NOV54
  Issued to No 500 Sqn RAF at West Malling (An Auxiliary Air Force Squadron)
(Some sources state 09NOV50)
05SEP55
  Issued to Flight Refuelling Ltd, probably for target towing conversion
20JAN56
  Issued to No  43 Sqn RAF ("The Fighting Cocks") at Leuchars
(Some sources state 25JAN56). No 43 Sqn were operating Hunters by this time.
03FEB56
  Issued to No 222 Sqn RAF at Leuchars. Coded J. No 222 Sqn were operating Hunters by this time.
10OCT57
 

Issued to 20 Maintenance Unit at Aston Down

02MAR60
  Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit at Lyneham
05JUL61
  Issued to RAF Flying College at Manby
18SEP61
  Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit at Lyneham
24JAN62
  Issued to 5 Maintenance Unit at Kemble
09MAR62
  Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit at Lyneham
29MAR62
  Issued to the Far East Air Force
19APR62
  Issued to 389 Maintenence Unit at Changi, Singapore
04SEP62
  Issued to Target Towing Flight Changi
30AUG65
  Issued to 1574 (TT) Flight, Singapore
04NOV69
  Struck off charge (Cat 5C)
SAFTECH-2
   
    Sold to Singapore Air Force Technical College as SAFTECH-2
C.82
  Approx moved to Sentosa Island, Singapore
17JAN89
  QAM resolved to purchase Meteor WA880, Hunter XF311 and Sea Vixen XJ490 from the Aik Hong Hardware Company of Singapore.
28MAR89
  Removed from Sentosa by QAM on barge "Tai Chen"
10JUL89
  Arrived in Townsville on M.V. "San Juan" from Singapore
04AUG89
  Arrived Brisbane from Townsville on M.V. "Sid McGrath"
WA880
   
07AUG89
 

Trucked to Caloundra. Cosmetically repainted as WA880

"A77-721"
   
17APR96
  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 RAAF’s 75th Anniversary airshow but the event was cancelled because of heavy rain.
30APR97
  Trucked from Amberley to Caloundra.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
2
24AUG09
Added the date that QAM resolved to purchase the aircraft (17JAN89).
1
02JAN02
Original issue.