Aircraft Photo of WK935 | Gloster Meteor F8 (Prone) | UK - Air Force | AirHistory.net #52665
Aircraft
Registration / Serial:WK935
Aircraft Original Type:Gloster Meteor
Aircraft Generic Type:Gloster Meteor
Aircraft Version:Gloster Meteor F8 (Prone)
C/n (msn):
Operator / Titles:UK - Air Force
Location
City / Airport:CosfordMap
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:ICAO: EGWC   IATA: -   Local: -   Other: -
Collection:RAF Museum Cosford
 
Photo Date:27 December 2012
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 52665
Photo Comment

In the early 1950 the adoption of a prone pilot was thought to offer the advantages of reduced drag (through elimination of the cockpit bulge) and better resistance to g-force swings when lying flat. In practice the difficulty of operating the controls outweighed these gains, especially after the development of special g-suits, and this plane was never flown solo from the forward, prone position.

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