In March 7th 1945 a Gloster Meteor
F I (EE227) was sent to the Rolls-Royce Plant at Hucknall for installation
of two R.B.50 "Trent" turboprop engines. EE227 was selected
because it was already fitted with an enlarged wing spar so the new engines
could be fitted with out to many problems. The RB-50 "Trent"
engine was a Rolls-Royce Derwent turbojet engine fitted with a forward
drive shaft, a reduction gearbox and a Rotol five-bladed propeller of
a diameter of 7' 11''.
Six month later on
the 20/10/1945 at the airfield at Church Broughton the Gloster "Trent"
took to the air for the first time with Eric Greenwood at the controls,
making the first flight of a turboprop powered aircraft in the world.
A number of problems were found with the prop wash and directional instability,the
"Trent was returned to Hucknall were these were fixed and the aircraft
was flying again by March 1946, later smaller Rotol propellers were fitted.
Another view of the "Trent"
Meteor in flight