GLOSTER GAUNTLETALEX CRAWFORD Book Number: 87293 Product format: Paperback
The Gloster Gauntlet was the last open cockpit biplane fighter to see service with the RAF. It finally went into production in 1935 and with careful use of streamlining could reach 230mph. Although superseded by the Gloster Gladiator, another biplane fighter, the Gauntlet was the last true biplane, and its service was rather short following the arrival of the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. The Gauntlet had a long drawn out development period and can trace its origins back to Specification F.9/26 which was issued in 1926, based around biplane configuration armed with two machine guns and powered by a radial engine. The design team led by Harry Folland continued to develop the aircraft and it became Britain's most successful inter-war fighter aircraft. The book offers a complete and comprehensive history with scale plans, photographs and drawings from pre-war technical manuals, rare period photos and superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings plus walk-around colour photos of the sole surviving examples. Detailed captioned photographs show the air speed indicator, boost gauge, and all engine controls. 80 page paperback.
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