Gloster F.5-34

1st Flight 1936

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 tail wheel 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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