Gloster F.9-37

The Gloster F.9-37, also known as the Gloster G.39, was a British twin-engine design from the Gloster Aircraft Company for a cannon armed heavy fighter to serve with the Royal Air Force, planned before the Second World War.

The F.9-37 was rejected in favour of other designs.

Two aircraft were built.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

37 ft 0.5 in (11.290 m)

Wingspan

50 ft 0.5 in (15.253 m)

Height

11 ft 7 in (3.53 m)

Wing area

386 sq ft (35.9 m2)

Empty weight

8,828 lb (4,004 kg)

Gross weight

11,615 lb (5,268 kg)

Powerplant

2 × Bristol Taurus T-S(a) 14-cylinder air-cooled sleeve-valve radial piston engines, 1,000 hp (750 kW) each

Propellers

3-bladed Rotol, 10 ft (3.0 m) diameter variable pitch metal propellers

Performance

Maximum speed

360 mph (580 km/h, 310 kn) at 15,000 ft (4,572 m)

Service ceiling

30,000 ft (9,100 m)

Rate of climb

2,460 ft/min (12.5 m/s) at 16,000 ft (4,877 m)

Time to altitude

28,000 ft (8,534 m) in 19 minutes 36 seconds

Wing loading

30.1 lb/sq ft (147 kg/m2)

Power/mass

0.172 lb/hp (0.105 kg/kW)

Armament

Guns

Four 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns

Two 20 mm Hispano cannon

Bombs

provision for 20 lb (9.1 kg) bomb carriers.

 

 

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