Gloster Meteor MK 8, of the Royal Australian Air Force, was the only British
jet fighter to see action in Korea. Powered by two 3600 lb thrust
Derwent-8 jet engines, this fighter was used as a high altitude interceptor
and as a bomber. It could carry two 1000 lb bombs or up to 16 rockets.
Most versions carried four 20 mm cannons. An early version, the Meteor
Mk 4, had set world speed records of 616 mph in September 1946. The
first Meteor to enter service was also the first Allied jet fighter to
be used operationally in WWII. During the Korean campaign Australian
pilots often made identification runs on our formation, scaring the living
hell out of us.
Excerpt from "Short
Straw," by Captain Bernard Peterson.
Why is it important to look at airplanes?
Airplanes, especially planes like the
F-4 Phantom II show the rapid growth
of technology in the world and in the United States that provided us with
the great freedom that we enjoy today. With this freedom comes responsibility.
The responsibility to learn all we can not only about airplanes or history,
but about technology. Technology is the most important product of
the United States has today. To keep our country on top of the worlds
technology requires us to have the most trained workforce anywhere.
Aviation is important because aviation and aerospace both exhibit the limits
of our technology. If our students learn about aviation they will be able
to understand any field of work. We must ensure that aviation, airplanes,
aircraft and aerospace are words on all of our children's lips.
Airplanes create dreams.
Dreams of leaving the restriction of a two dimensional world. Dreams
of having freedom to travel anywhere, in any direction at any time and
any distance. Aircraft give us the big advantage to do all of these things
in only a short while. When we dream of airplanes, we lift our heads
to the sky. We feel the pride of having limitless capabilities.
We don't pick up airplanes, airplanes lift us up and our minds are launched
into new horizons. We need airplanes and we need to keep airplanes
in all of our minds. Aviation gives our people an upward mobility
that no other branch of technology can ever do. As long as we feed
our dreams, we have someplace to go.