• Review: Just Flight - Meteor F.8/FR.9

    Meteor F.8 and FR.9

    Publisher: Just Flight

    Review Author:
    Michael Hayward

    Suggested Price:
    $29.99

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    The Meteor F.8 and FR.9 variants were developed from 1948 onwards. They included a lengthened fuselage, greater fuel capacity and a modified tale over earlier designs. The cockpit also saw some improvements, such as a standard ejection seat and a pressurization system. This allowed the aircraft to reach greater altitudes.

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    The Gloster Meteor F.8 and FR.9 both saw action in the Korean War with the Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Forces before being sold on to the Argentinean, Egyptian and Israeli Air Forces. Here the Meteor saw action in local conflicts.

    Just Flight has recently released their own take on this iconic fighter, with both FSX and Prepar3D versions being available. During this review I will be looking at many of the features that are included with this aircraft, such as how it looks, sounds, and handles (both on the ground and in the air).

    Aircraft Specification

    • Crew: 1
    • Length: 44 ft 7" (13.59 m)
    • Wingspan: 37 ft 2" (11.32 m)
    • Height: 13 ft 0" (3.96 m)
    • Empty Weight: 10,684 lbs (4,846 kg)
    • Loaded Weight: 15,700 lbs (7,121 kg)
    • Power plant: 2x Rolls Royce Derwent 8 turbojets

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    Aircraft Performance

    • Maximum Speed: 522 knots (600 mph, 596 km/h)
    • Maximum Range: 522 nm (600 miles)
    • Service Ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,100 m)
    • Rate of Climb: 7,000 ft/m (35.6 m/s)

    Armament

    • 4x 20mm British Hispano MkV cannons
    • 16x "60 lbs" 3 inch rockets OR 8x 5 inch HVAR rockets
    • 2x 1000 lbs bombs

    Download and Install

    Installing this aircraft is the same as any other Just Flight product. From the FSPilotShop,

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    you are given a ZIP file which includes the installer. Running the installer prompts the Just Flight activation system which then asks you to input your key. With this done and chosen simulator selected, the installer will complete the installation process.

    In the main FSX/P3D directory, a Just Flight folder is created. This includes an in-depth 29 page manual (PDF format) which explains how to operate and use the aircraft. There is also a tutorial flight based at Gloucester Staverton Airport (formerly RAF Staverton).


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