WA634 - Meteor T.7 - Martin Baker - Chalgrove - 17 December 73
Used exclusively as a trials aircraft by the A&AEE at Boscombe Down (Nov 49 - Jan 52) and Martin Baker (Jan 52 - Aug 62), the airframe has some notable events in its history. Cockpit cooling trials in Sudan, 1951; fitted with the rear fuselage of Meteor T.8 to overcome stabilty issues; first live ground level ejection (Sqn Ldr JS Fifield, August 55); 'ejection seat demonstartions' at the Battle of Britain air shows at Biggin Hill and Benson (Sep 57); demonstrated a runway ejection at Hanover air show (Rolf Bullwinkel, May 58). Struck-off in September 1962, the airframe was purchased by Martin Baker and continued to be used on ejection trials until December 1967 and then used as a source of spares. Moved to St Athan in 1974 and then to Cosford for the RAF Museum in 1986 where the aircraft remains on display.