Gloster Meteor FR Mk.5

The designation FR 5 was given to a single Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 (VT347) experimentally modified to operate as a fighter-reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft carried vertical and oblique cameras in the nose, and also retained its four cannons. The single FR 5 made its maiden flight on 15 July 1949, but it came apart in the air over Moreton Valance, killing test pilot Rodney Dryland. The accident was caused by a failure of the side skins around the central fuselage fuel tank, and was thus not related to the modifications in the nose. Work on a fighter-reconnaissance version of the aircraft continued with the FR 9.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 February 2008), Gloster Meteor FR Mk.5 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_gloster_meteor_5.html

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