Gloster Gladiator



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fighter
one
Mercury radial
840 h.p.
3,450 lbs.
4,750 lbs.
none
4- 7.7 mm
27 ft. 5 in.
32 ft. 3 in.
253 mph
2,200 fpm
33,000 feet
340 miles
9/12/34
1937


Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator aircraft were the last biplane fighters of the RAF. By most accounts, by the time they were deployed in 1937, the aircraft were already obsolete.

In addition to the RAF, starting in 1938, the Gloster Gladiator served on board the aircraft carriers of the Fleet Air Arm.

In November of 1939, they were assigned to service in France. When the Luftwaffe attacked in May of 1940, it was the Gloster Gladiator that met them over France. Unfortunately they proved no match to modern Luftwaffe aircraft.

The aircraft had much more success in action over Norway against Luftwaffe bombers. A single Gloster Gladiator claimed victories over five enemy bombers over Norway in a single flight.

After being withdrawn from front line service, Gloster Gladiators continued to serve as communications and meteorological aircraft through 1944.  About 750 of the aircraft were produced.

RC Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator

Traplet Shop.com has plans for sale of a 56 in. wingspan Gloster Gladiator designed by Brian Taylor.  Construction is all wood and includes optional flaps. They recommend from .60 to .91 two stroke, the equivalent four stroke engines, or electric motor.

Nick Ziroli has the Gloster Gladiator from Jim Pepino plans. Wingspan is 79 in. and length is 68 1/2 in. It needs a G38 or Q40 engine for power.

Cleveland Models has Gloster Gladiator plans for sale. Wingspans are 32, 48, 64 1/2 and 99 inches.

RC Airplane World has Gloster Gladiator plans for sale.  They build to a 77 in. wingspan with a 67 in. length.  Power can come from 1.8 two cycle or four cycle equivalent engines or the equivalent electric motor.



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