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|The Aircraft :|
|Meteor||The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company, Armstrong-Whitworth, the Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Gloster Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft but the Gloster design team succeeded in producing an effective jet fighter that served the RAF and other air forces for decades. Meteors saw action with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the Korean War and other air forces used the Meteor. The Royal Danish Air Force, The Belgian Air Force and Isreali Air Force kept the Meteor in service until the early 1970's. A Total of 3947 meteors were built and two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.|
|Aviation History Timeline : 18th June|
|18||June||1916||Max Immelmann, a WW1 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day|
|18||June||1941||Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Mc200|
|18||June||1941||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O S. J. Hill of 609 Squadron, was Killed.|
|18||June||1941||Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt H. Skowron of 303 Squadron, was Killed.|
|18||June||1944||Ernest Joyce, a WW2 Ace with 10.00 victories, died on this day|
|18||June||1944||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O R. L. F. Day of 141 Squadron, was Killed.|
|18||June||1944||Generalmajor Werner Anton of 6. Flak-Division (mot.) was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross|
|18||June||1953||Rene Fonck, a WW1 Ace with 75.00 victories, died on this day|
|18||June||1978||Leopold Anslinger, a WW1 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day|
|18||June||1998||Svein Heglund, a WW2 Ace with 14.50 victories, died on this day|
|18||June||2003||Air Cheif Marshal Sir Kenneth Cross KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day|
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