The Gloster Meteor was a collaboration between the Gloster Aircraft Company and Sir Frank Whittle's firm. It first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944. Nicknamed the "Meatbox", the Meteor lacked sophisticated aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter. On 7 November 1945, the first official air speed record by a jet aircraft was set by a Meteor F.3 of 606 miles per hour (975 km/h). The next-generation Meteor F.4 prototype first flew on 17 May 1945, and this much improved aircraft went into production in 1946. It measures 6¼"x 6½"x 5¾". These desktop model aircraft also make a wonderful addition to your home decor. They make great gifts, a beautiful centerpiece, are a nice piece of art as well as being a great addition to your nautical design & your home decoration.