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N5903, was the last of 25 Mk.II aircraft built under Contract 773235/38 and delivered in 1939. It is believed that she briefly served with 141 Sqn in October 1939 at Grangemouth, west of Edinburgh, and was then allocated to the Air Ministry Development Pool as a flight trials platform in December 1939.
Following this it is understood that N5903 was placed in long-term storage with 27 Maintenance Unit at Shawbury in May 1940, until she moved on to 8 MU at Little Rissington in October 1943 and then subsequently to 61 Operational Training Unit at Rednal in November 1943.
By coincidence our founder Charles Thomas was stationed at RAF Little Rissington !
Photograph courtesy of The Fighter Collection Duxford.
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The Gloster Gladiator
The Gloster Gladiator is a British biplane fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) during the late 1930s and early 1940s. It is notable for being one of the last biplane fighters to be used operationally by a major military power.
Here are some key facts about the Gloster Gladiator:
- Design and Development: The Gloster Gladiator was designed in the early 1930s by H.P. Folland and his team at the Gloster Aircraft Company. It was developed as a successor to the earlier Gloster Gauntlet.
- Biplane Configuration: The Gladiator was a biplane, meaning it had two sets of wings, one above the other. While monoplanes were becoming more common at the time, the Gladiator’s design offered good maneuverability and a relatively high level of agility.
- Armament: The Gladiator was typically armed with four .303 inch (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, two in the upper fuselage and two in the wings. This provided it with reasonable firepower for the era.
- Operational Service: The Gladiator entered service with the RAF in 1937 and was used in various theaters of World War II, including North Africa and Norway. It also saw action with other air forces, including the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.
- Notable Actions: One of the most famous actions involving Gloster Gladiators was during the early stages of the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. Despite being outclassed by more modern German aircraft, Gladiator pilots achieved some notable successes.
- Phasing Out: By the outbreak of World War II, the Gladiator was becoming obsolete, and it was gradually replaced by more advanced fighter aircraft like the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. However, it continued to serve in secondary roles, such as training and in the Mediterranean theater.
- Legacy: Despite its relatively brief frontline service, the Gloster Gladiator is remembered as a robust and dependable aircraft. Some Gladiators have been preserved and can be seen in aviation museums around the world, serving as a testament to this unique chapter in aviation history.
The Gloster Gladiator, although somewhat overshadowed by more advanced aircraft of its time, played a role in the early stages of World War II and remains an important part of aviation history.
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