Gloster Gauntlet




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Specifications

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fighter
one
Mercury radial
645 hp
26 ft. 5 in.
33 ft.
2,770 lbs.
3,972 lbs.
2 - .303 cal.
none
205 mph
230 mph
2,310 fpm
30,400 feet
450 miles
10/2/34
1935

 




Gloster Gauntlet

Gloster Gauntlet

When introduced, the Gloster Gauntlet, an open cockpit biplane based on a WWI design, was the fastest British aircraft of its type.  All British fighter aircraft after the Gauntlet had enclosed cockpits.

A Gloster Gauntlet became the first British fighter aircraft to be guided to an interception from ground based radar in November of 1937.

The Gauntlet was the primary British single seat fighter aircraft through 1939, serving in fourteen squadrons.

Squadron no. 6, operating in Palistine, continued flying the Gloster Gauntlet through April of 1940.

Four Gloster Gauntlet fighter aircraft, assigned to East Africa, intercepted Italian raiding aircraft from September through November of 1940. One Gauntlet is credited with the downing of an Italian bomber.

A total of 246 Gloster Gauntlet aircraft of all types were produced, seventeen of which were manufactured in Denmark.

Gloster Gauntlet aircraft were used by Australia, Finland, Rhodesia, and South Africa.




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