A History of the ARM. WHIT. Meteor T.T.20, by the Blackbushe Aviation Research Group

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A History of the ARM. WHIT. Meteor T.T.20, by the Blackbushe Aviation Research Group
A History of the ARM. WHIT. Meteor T.T.20, by the Blackbushe Aviation Research Group

Slim 16 page A4 booklet, typewritten, text on one side of the page only (S8246YWSO)

This booklet provides a record and brief history of individual Ar,strong Whitworth Meteor TT.20 aircraft. From the opening paragraph: In 1957, the Royal Navy found itself in need of a high speed target tug to rep­lace the ageing Sturgeons and Fireflies. Ii.. t this time Armstrong Whitworth and the A & AEE were conducting trials va th an NF.14 WS844~ using the same form of TT-gear fitted behind the ventral tank as on the Meteor F(TT).8, and a new system fitted above the starboard wing of Meteor NF.11 VID767. This latter system was considered superior and the aircraft became the prototype TT.20. The conversion consisted of the removal of all cannon armament and the fitting of an M.L. Aviation Type G wind driven winch between the starboard engine nacelle and the fuselage. Up to four targets could be slung beneath the fuselage, and all operations were carried out from the rear cockpit. Later some of the TT.20s were fitted with an American De1-Mar winch and a launching system and target designed by Flight Refuelling. This enabled the target to be towed at a much greater distance from the aircraft.

A similar system has been evolved for the Royal Navy and R.A.F. Canberra TT.18s which are now in service and gradually replacing the TT.20s (although some of the latter are scheduled to remain with the services until at least 1972. The early conversion trials on the Meteor NF.11 to TT.20 were so successful that the Royal Navy placed an order to convert a large number of surplus R.A.F. NF.11s. The R.A.F. themselves then ordered some in addition to those transferred back by the Navy. Finally the Danish A.F. returned six of their NF.11s for conversion, some of these going to the Swedish TT Flt. Svensk Flygtjanst A.B. Malmo.


The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has some minor scuffs, and light wear along the edges and corners, and there is light rusting around the slide binding, but all the inside pages are intact and unblemished.