Worlds first vertical take off jet???

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Worlds first vertical take off jet???

Postby Sploosher » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:44 pm

While I was at the NAM at the weekend, I was shown by one of the staff the following info, and thought you might be interested.

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Gloster Meteor FR9 VZ 608 was the first jet that used a Rolls Royce (RB108) engine mid fuselage to provide vertical lift in October 1955

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The first picture was taken by Mrs Sploosher ;)
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Re: Worlds first vertical take off jet???

Postby Olicat » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:03 pm

Thanks, that's an interesting bit of history
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Postby Ipso » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:24 pm

Bet the handling was entertaining.Thanks Gordon.
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Re: Worlds first vertical take off jet???

Postby Mackrick » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:27 pm

Nice photos from both of you and good to read a bit of forgotten history :ymapplause:
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Re: Worlds first vertical take off jet???

Postby Sploosher » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:20 pm

A bit more info from NAMupdater on another aviation forum. ;)


the Meteor FR9 never had a true V-TOL capability its role at Rolls-Royce Hucknall is explained in this weblink http://empedia.info/maps/28 - just click on the Meteor icon at the bottom of the screen.

It’s main role was ground effect trials to see where dust and debris ‘went’ as a result of the downward thrust of the engine in the vertical position – in the link there is digitised footage of these trials at Hucknall in the late 1950s.

The RB.108 was operated in flight and there are Log Book entries to show this – there might be longer article about VZ608 in a forthcoming edition of Jet’s Monthly!
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