Air Enthusiast 1973-03
??? - Epitome of an era ... the R.A.F's last fighting biplane /Warbirds/
The Gloster S.S.37 as originally submitted to the Air Ministry in April 1935 as a private ventury entry in the F.7/30 contest
The second production Gladiator (K6130) photographed at Brockworth during the spring of 1937 while undergoing manufacturer's performance trials and prior to collection by No 72(F) Squadron based at Church Fenton, Yorkshire.
Gladiator Is of No 80 Squadron being prepared for flight at Ismailia during 1938.
Gladiator II (KW-T) of No 615 Squadron photographed at Redhill on 22 May 1940.
A Gladiator I, brought up to Mk II standards apart from the airscrew, from a batch of 18 supplied to Egypt in April 1939.
A Gladiator II of the REAF's No 5 (Fighter) Sqn. photographed in 1942, this being one of two of the Service's squadrons to be equipped with this fighter type.
Bearing Class B delivery registrations, five Gladiator Is are seen during their delivery flight to Belgium's Aeronautique Militaire in September 1937.
A Gladiator Is (J 8) of Flygflottilj 8 based at Barkarby. The nearest aircraft in the line-up has under-wing racks for light anti-personnel bombs.
A Gladiator II (J 8A) of Flygflottilj 8 based at Barkarby.
One of the Gladiator IIs (GL-270) that survived the "Winter War" in Finnish service photographed in 1943 while being operated by LLv 16.
A Gladiator II serving with the Esquadrilha de Caca de Base Aerea 2 of the Portuguese Arma de Aeronautica at Ota in 1940.
One of 26 Gladiator Is supplied to Latvia between August and November 1937
Gloster Gladiator I
Gloster Gladiator I (L8009) of third production hatch (intended originally as replacement machines) delivered during 1937 and illustrated as flown by Flg Off P G Wykeham-Barnes of No 80 Sqdn (YK-I) based at Sidi Barrani, Egypt, in August 1940. This aircraft was shot down by a Fiat CR 42 on 4 August 1940 while escorting a Lysander of No 208 Sqdn over Bir Taib el Esem. The port underside of the lower wing and fuselage of No 80 Sqdn Gladiators was painted black while other undersurfaces remained silver (aluminium dope)
A Sea Gladiator (N5517) seen at Brock worth prior to delivery to No 801 Squadron for trials aboard HMS Courageous early in 1939.