Gloster Gauntlet

The Gloster Gauntlet was an all-metal biplane fighter that first entered service with Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) in May 1935. It was the last British fighter with an open cockpit. By the start of the Second World War in 1939, the Gauntlet had been replaced by more modern aircraft in the RAF's fighter squadrons, but it remained in use until 1943 as a reconnaissance, liaison, and army co-operation aircraft. Between the roll-out of the first prototype in 1929 and the end of manufacture in 1937, 229 Gauntlets were produced.


Gloster Gauntlet Mk II

Type:   Biplane fighter
Entered service:   1935
Crew:   1
Wing span:   9.9 m
Length:   8.06 m
Weight (laden):   1,802 kg
Ceiling:   10,217 m
Endurance:   Maximum range 686 km
Speed:   370 km/h
Armament:   2 x .303-in machine-guns

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