Aeroplane Monthly 1993-09
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Gloster-built Hurricanes totalled 2,750. The first, L2020, was completed in October 1939. The last left the factory in March 1942. Seen here at Hucclecote is V6639.
Gloster-built Hurricane Mk I V7160 was delivered to 260 Sqn. Later it flew with Nos 17, 331 and 232 Sqns before being struck off RAF charge on August 28, 1944.
Gloster test pilot Jack Hathorn at low level with a Gloster-built Hurricane at Hucclecote. A Henley/Hurricane production test pilot, Hathorn was killed when a Hurricane he was testing crashed into Robinswood Hill near Gloucester in 1940. His successor was Michael Daunt.
Hawker Henley III L3261, one of a batch of 200 delivered by Gloster Aircraft between November 1938 and September 1940. Delivered to 3 Armament Training Station, it was later transferred to 1 ATS. On July 18, 1939 the Henley stalled on the approach to RAF Catfoss, near Beverley, Yorkshire, the home of 1 ATS.
Gloster-built Hawker Henley L3274 at Hucclecote, where 200 Henleys were built from October 1938.
The entire Portuguese batch of 15 Gladiators basking in the Gloucestershire sunshine at Hucclecote shortly before delivery. These Mk Ils were ordered in 1939.
The Gloster F.9/37 single-seat fighter, L7999, first flown on April 3, 1939 by P.G. Sayer from Hucclecote. Powered by two 1,050 h.p. Bristol Taurus T-S(a) radial engines, the fighter achieved a maximum speed of 360 m.p.h. at 15,000ft. The second F.9/37, L8002, was powered by two 885 h.p. Rolls-Royce Peregrine inline engines.