Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F
|This page is about the British jet fighter Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F. For other uses, see Meteor (Family).|
The Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41F is a rank V British jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft has been in the game during the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 600 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 500||< 600||< 590||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Empty mass||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Rolls-Royce Derwent 5||2||5,516 kg||194 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||7m fuel||20m fuel||24m fuel|
|443 kg||Centrifugal-flow turbojet||5,888 kg||6,539 kg||6,739 kg||6,940 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||7m fuel||20m fuel||24m fuel||MTOW|
|Optimal|| 1,587 kgf
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.
- Critical components located at the front of and wings of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
The Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg top, 190 rpg bottom = 780 total)
Usage in the battles
Pros and cons
- Good acceleration
- High top speed
- Good energy retention
- Good at turning below 650 kph
- Good climb rate
- Excellent ammo capacity for cannons (190 RPG for two of the cannons, 200 RPG for the other two)
- Easy to fly missing half a wing
- Loses manoeuvrability over 700 kph significantly
- Rips easily if pulled hard at high speeds
- Limited visibility out of the rear of the cockpit
In 1946 the Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 was introduced; a variant intended to replace the F.Mk.3. The prototype F.Mk.4 flew for the first time on May 17th 1945; the new variant was powered by Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.5 turbojet engines, producing 1,590 kg of thrust (more than twice as much as the Derwent Mk.1). The engines were fitted in new extended nacelles, which reduced drag, and a strengthened airframe design was incorporated to harness the increased power. Fitted with the new engines, the Meteor F.Mk.4 would go on to set two world air speed records in November 1945 and then again in September 1946.
Further modifications to the Meteor F.Mk.4 included its ailerons and adjustments to its rudder trim tab to reduce snaking. The cockpit was now fully pressurized and ventilated; previous versions of the Meteor had had a non-pressurized cockpit.
Trials of the prototype Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 fighter showed that its maximum speed was increased by 180 km/h, but that this additional speed produced excessive stress on the wings. The wing panels, therefore, were made shorter from the ninth production aircraft onwards. This reduced the stress and improved horizontal manoeuvrability but reduced the rate of climb and the service ceiling. Type G.41F became the designation for the long-wing aircraft, and Type G.41G for the short-wing variant.
The Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 represented a significant leap in terms of performance and was produced in large numbers, including as an export fighter. Based on the F.Mk.4, the two-seat T.Mk.7 trainer was developed.
By 1948 the F.Mk.4 had completely replaced the F.Mk.3 in the RAF and In May 1947, an export version was purchased by Argentina, followed by orders from Denmark, Egypt, Belgium and the Netherlands.
535 Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 were produced for the RAF, with a further 168 aircraft being exported.
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