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100wc Week #35: cemetery

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

I am running. I am not sure from what, but I am running. I think I am with my friend, but I can’t remember, like the way I  can’t remember what I am running from, only that it jumped out of the black at us.

When I think we have escaped, I slow down, only to feel cold steel brush past my hand. When I look up cautiously, the steel takes the shape of a gateway, which immediately reminds me of a nearby cemetery. Curious of how it got here, I slowly open the gate and on the other side see… the back of my house.

Plane blog #1 Gloster Meteor

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The Meteor was Britain’s first (and one of its most successful) fighter jet. It’s wingspan was 37 ft, 2 in and it’s total length was 44 ft, 7 in.

The design was first created by Gloster chief designer, George Carter  in 1940, when he started creating plans for a British   fighter jet. In 1941, the company was ordered to deliver 12 jet fighter proto-types to the RAF. The RAF flew it’s single engine original on May 15 the same year, making this the first ever flight of a British jet.

When the test results came back, Gloster decided to forward the design with a twin-engined model(the main reason being the lack of power from the engines of that time), meaning the original was never again produced.

Carter then based the official war-ready Meteor on this design. It was an all-metal single-seated plane, with addition of a high tailplane (rear end), keeping the horizontal tail-plane (tail wing) out of the jet-wash (jet exhaust). It rested on a tricycle undercarriage, with a set-forward cockpit that was framed in metal. For war purposes, it held four 20mm cannon in the nose, with the capability of carrying 16 3in rockets. The name was originally changed to “Thunder Bolt”, but this confused it with the earlier created American craft pictured below.

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Testing of this latest model began May 5 1943, powered by two De Havilland Halford H-1 (Goblin) engines but most characteristics where the same as before. As the tests moved on through the year, more engines were tried. The engine used when the Meteor F.1 went into official production in early 1944 was the twin Whittle W.2B/23C (Rolls-Royce Welland), and in the development process, prototypes were even used by the Navy to test it’s aircraft carrier suitability.

Finally, the first 20 Meteors were sent to the RAF on June 1 1944. These were assigned to 616 squadron, and so began the Meteor’s military history.
616 squadron began flying sorties to end the German V-1 threat on July 27, downing 14 of the flying bombs during this mission, and were rewarded by being upgraded to the latest F.3 model, which featured improved speed and pilot visibility.

World War II: V-1 Flying Bomb

German v-1″buzz bomb”/”doodlebug”

During the war, it mainly flew ground/reconnaissance missions, while never encountering  the German version of itself, the Messerschmitt Me  262, and often being confused with it by allied forces, giving it it’s vivid white paint job to ease recognition. By the end of the war, the f.3 had only destroyed grounded German craft, but it made up for this as it had destroyed 46 of them, while rendering some runways useless. Never the less, when the war ended, development of the Meteor continued, and it even became the RAF’s primary fighter. This all led to yet another model, the F.4, that was introduced in mid 1946, and was powered by the best engines available, the  Rolls-Royce Deterrent 5’s.

World War II: Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt me 262

The new F.4 featured a strengthened air frame and pressurized cockpit, increasing the max height. These vast improvements led to it being produced in large numbers and being exported to a wide range of countrys. Gloster even created a 2 seat trainer model, the T-7,  to help with training, in 1949. In an effort to keep up with the enemy’s new fighters, Gloster improved the design again, the f.8, in August 1949, which featured Derwent 8 engines, a lengthened fuselage (body) and a redesigned tail (rear end) structure. This type also included a state-of-the-art ejection seat, making this craft so reliable that it became the backbone of the RAF.

The F.8 was used extensively throughout it’s evolution in the Korean War by the Australians and, though it was outranked by planes such as the American MiG-15 and the F-86 Sabre, it was ideal for ground support roles. Over the Meteors history, it shot down 6 MiGs, destroyed over 1,500 military vehicles , and 3,600 buildings, while only losing 30 aircraft. Unfortunately, the Meteor was phased out with the creation of the Supermarine Swift and Hawker Hunter by the mid-1950’s.


Archie’s 100 word challenge

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

At first, I wasn’t sure if I had dreamt the whole thing. As I lay on the floor of the gymnasium, I started to recollect that afternoons events.

During basketball at summer camp, I was told to fetch another ball from the PE cupboard; the previous one was now floating in the lake.

I reached for the handle and when I opened the cupboard door. SMACK! A basketball slammed into the back of my head, and as my forehead touched the hard,concrete floor, I went out cold.

I wake to the sound of childrens  laughing and, realizing what had happened, say in hysterics, “good joke guys!”

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