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Gloster Meteor T7 VW453

Former RAF Innsworth Gate guardian.

Believed to be the oldest surviving Meteor T7, making it the oldest surviving British jet trainer.  Bought for the museum by members Tony Mackinnon and Martin Clarke.

History of VW453
It entered RAF service with 203 Advanced Flying School, then served with 226 Operational Conversion Unit. It next joined 604 Squadron at North Weald (which operated Meteor F8s between August 1952 and March 1957), moving on to Takali (Ta Qali) in Malta, Hullavington near Chippenham and Salisbury Plain.

Restored by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group, it became RAF Innsworth gate guardian in 1994. Repainted in the red-and-yellow triangle markings of 604 Squadron, it remained on the gate until RAF Innsworth, re-named Imjin Barracks, became the home of Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) in 2010.