Gloster F.5-34

The Gloster F.5/34 was a British fighter of the 1930s.

It was a single-seat, single-engine monoplane of all metal cantilever construction, the undercarriage was of the tailwheel type with retractable main wheels.

The aircraft was developed for Air Ministry Specification F.5/34, a fighter armed with eight machine guns and an air-cooled engine that was well-suited to operations in the tropics.

The Gloster design was overtaken by more capable competitors and the specification was later abandoned, with none of the aircraft designs produced for it selected for entry into service.

Two aircraft were built.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)

Wingspan

38 ft 2 in (11.63 m)

Height

10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)

Wing area

230 sq ft (21 m2)

Airfoil

Root

NACA 2218

Tip

NACA 2209

Empty weight

4,190 lb (1,901 kg)

Gross weight

5,400 lb (2,449 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Bristol Mercury IX 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 840 hp (630 kW)

Propellers

3-bladed variable-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

316 mph (509 km/h, 275 kn) at 16,000 ft (4,877 m)

Service ceiling

32,500 ft (9,900 m)

Time to altitude

20,000 ft (6,096 m) in 11 minutes

Wing loading

23.5 lb/sq ft (115 kg/m2)

Power/mass

0.156 hp/lb (0.256 kW/kg)

Armament

Guns

8x 0.303-in (7.7-mm) Browning machine guns.

 

 

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