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The Jet Age Museum continues the Gloucester History Festival celebrations by commemorating two milestones for the Gloster Meteor next weekend, 17th & 18th September.

This year marks the anniversary of two historic aviation events for the Gloucester-built jet, the first to enter RAF service.

Seventy years ago, on 7th September 1946, a modified Mark 3 Meteor broke the World Speed Record at 616 mph (985 kph). 7th July 1946 also saw the first live ejection from a Gloster Meteor.

Marking these unique feats the Jet Age Museum is staging a celebration weekend of activities with illustrated talks on the early development of the ejector seat and a presentation on the build up to the breaking of the air speed record. There’ll be an exhibition of photographs recounting the events and the opportunity to sit in a genuine Martin Baker ejection seat.

Aviation author Steve Bond will be talking about and signing copies of his new book ‘Meteor Boys’ published by Grub Street Publishing. Signing will be between 11.00 am – 1.00 pm on Sunday 18th.

Museum trustee, Darren Lewington said: – “The Gloster Meteor was a world beater in its day and remains the most successful British military aircraft in terms of exports. Almost 4000 were built here in the City and the museum has the world’s largest collection with 6 examples on display, keeping that history alive.”

The all-volunteer, registered charity museum, which opened officially in May 2014 is located at Meteor Business Park, on the north side of Gloucestershire Airport and open from 10-4pm. Parking and admission are free but donations are welcome.

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