Sea Meteor F Mk 3

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Sea Meteor F Mk 3
meteor_fmk3_navy.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
7.7/7.7/7.7BR
1 personCrew
5.5 tEmpty weight
6.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
sec21.6/21.6/20.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Rolls-Royce Derwent 5Engine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
850 km/hStructural
390 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
780 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Economy
92 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
370 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 700 / 8 870/5 600 / 7 414/3 200 / 4 236Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
370 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.96 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British jet fighter Sea Meteor F Mk 3. For other uses, see Meteor (Family).

Description

GarageImage Sea Meteor F Mk 3.png


The Sea Meteor F Mk 3 is a rank V British jet fighter with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

At first sight, most pilots that take the Sea Meteor out believe it has just what they always wanted from the Meteor F.3 - speed. Because of this, they often try to do what they did in the F.3 - turn fighting - and end up without wings. The key difference between the Meteor F.3 and the Sea Meteor is the weaker wings. While you could pull full G's in the Meteor F.3 and get away with it, the Sea Meteor will instantly rip if mishandled above 700 kph. Use your airbrakes and try to tame the speed of the Sea Meteor in a dive, because if you go too fast downwards, it won't be compression that kills you - your incapability of pulling up rests on the weakness of your wings. Your straight-line speed is truly an upgrade from the F.3, and now even the dreaded B-57s will have a hard time running away from you - in fact, the fully-upgraded Sea Meteor usually hits its redline speed in a straight line, and can easily rip its wings off in level flight if you are not careful.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,439 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
882 855 12 500 20.3 21.5 29.8 28.3 325
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,439 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 12 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 325

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
850 390 520 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 450 < 600 < 520 > 350

Engine performance

Engine
Engine Name Number present
Rolls-Royce Derwent 5 2
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
443 kg Jet N/A
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Take-off
Arcade 1,508.7 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,493.3 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade ____ hp
Realistic/Simulator ____ hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in the nose.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Sea Meteor F Mk 3 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons (200 rpg top, 190 rpg bottom = 780 total)

The 4x20mm Hispanos Mk.V cannons can cause massive damage if properly aimed. However, their muzzle velocity is somewhat average and the air targets belt (easily the best one) does not contain tracers at all, so you must get used to the lead angles while grinding the ammo upgrade.

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable
No automatic pitch
Not controllable Not controllable Combined Not controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Offensive 20 mm
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV G-suit Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good turn time
  • Plenty of cannon ammo (190 RPG on two of the guns, 200 RPG on the other two)
  • Extremely fast
  • Good acceleration
  • Retains energy well
  • Faster than most aircraft it faces when down-tiered

Cons:

  • Loses manoeuvrability at higher speeds
  • Wings rip easily, even in level flight
  • Average velocity guns and lack of tracers in air target belts makes aiming hard

History

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In-game description

The Gloster Meteor was the RAF’s first jet powered aircraft, and the only Allied jet to see combat in the Second World War. An all-metal, single-seat fighter with two turbojet engines, it first entered service in 1944. The aircraft's development started in August 1940 and was given Air Ministry approval in November of the same year. The Ministry of Aircraft Production drew up the official F.9/40 specifications for a heavy interceptor fighter to be designated as Type G.41; the first prototype fighter flew on March 5th 1943 at RAF Cranwell. At the beginning of 1944, the aircraft was launched into full-scale production under the designation of Gloster Meteor F.Mk.I (Type G.41A). The type entered service with No 616 Squadron who, after conversion to the Meteor from their Spitfire Mk.VIIs, used the ground breaking fighter to successfully intercept V-1 ‘flying bombs’ which were being launched from bases in occupied Europe to attack targets in England.

The Gloster Meteor F.Mk.III fighter that entered service in August 1944 became the first full-scale production version of the aircraft. The F.Mk.III version was powered by two Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.I turbojet engines producing 910 kg of thrust. Furthermore, a number of changes were introduced in the design: the dive flaps were improved, the fuel quantity was increased, and the airframe was partially reinforced. Externally, the F.Mk.III differed from the F.Mk.I by its new cockpit canopy, which was not side-opening but sliding.

The fighter's armament consisted of four 20mm British Hispano Mk.II cannons with 200 rounds per gun in the upper pair and 190 rounds per gun in the lower pair.

A 180-gallon (818 L) fuel tank could be suspended under the fuselage. Two 100-gallon (455 L) external fuel tanks could also be mounted under the wing panels. As an experiment, the suspension of two 500-lb (227 kg) or 1,000 (454 kg) bombs or 16 rockets was attempted.

The first F.Mk.III fighters produced in September 1944 had Rolls-Royce Welland engines producing 770 kg of thrust, as the Rolls-Royce Derwents were not yet mass-produced. These aircraft were designated as the G.41C. The 16th and subsequent production aircraft were the first to have standard Derwent Mk.I engines; these were designated as the G.41D. The last 15 production aircraft assembled were the G.41E version, with extended nacelles designed for the subsequent version of the F.Mk.4.

In 1948, two production aircraft were converted to the Gloster (Sea) Meteor F.Mk.3 version for Royal Navy test flights from aircraft carriers. The fighters had their armament removed, a landing hook fitted, and the gear legs reinforced. The Derwent Mk.1 engines were replaced with Derwent Mk.5 models. These aircraft performed 32 landings on board HMS Illustrious.

The Gloster Meteor was the first British production jet fighter and the only Allied jet aircraft to take part in World War II. The first F.Mk.IIIs were delivered to the front in the end of January 1945. Jet aircraft were considered to be secret and, as a result, a great number of limitations were imposed on their combat use. This included a complete withdrawal of permission to operate over German held territory in case the revolutionary technology was captured by the enemy. Meteors did eventually operate out of Belgium as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, where they were employed in ground attack and reconnaissance missions.

The total number of F.Mk.III Gloster Meteors built was 210, but service after the end of the Second World War would see further development and operational sorties in combat.

Media

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Britain jet aircraft
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper · Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4
Hawker  Hunter F 1 · Hunter F.6
Supermarine  Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Naval  Attacker FB 1 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Hawk FGA.6
Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6