|Successor||Hawker Hurricane Mark I|
|High Altitude||Speed -5%, Agility -5%|
The Gloster Gladiator
The Gloster Gladiator (or Gloster SS.37) was a British-built biplane fighter. It was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) (as the Sea Gladiator variant) and was exported to a number of other air forces during the late 1930s. It was the RAF's last biplane fighter aircraft and was rendered obsolete by newer monoplane designs even as it was being introduced. Though often pitted against more formidable foes during the early days of the Second World War, it acquitted itself reasonably well in combat.
The Gladiator saw action in almost all theatres during the Second World War, with a large number of air forces, some of them on the Axis side. The RAF used it in France, Norway, Greece, the defence of Malta, and the brief Anglo-Iraqi War (in which the Royal Iraqi Air Force was similarly equipped). Other countries deploying the Gladiator included China against Japan, beginning in 1938; Finland (along with Swedish volunteers) against the Soviet Union in the Winter War and the Continuation War; and Norway, Belgium, and Greece resisting Axis invasion of their respective lands.
|Gloster Gladiator Mk I|
|Wing span:||32 ft 3 in (9.83 m)|
|Length:||27 ft 5 in (8.36 m)|
|Height:||11 ft 9 in (3.58 m)|
|Empty:||3,217 lb (1,462 kg)|
|Operational Weight:||4,594 lb (2,088 kg)|
|Maximum Speed:||253 mph (407 km/h) at 14,500 ft (4,400 m)|
|Cruise Speed:||210 mph (340 km/h)|
|Rate of Climb:||2,300 ft/min (11.7 m/sec)|
|Service Ceiling:||32,800 ft (10,000 m)|
|One 830 hp (619 kW) Bristol Mercury IX radial engine|
|Two fuselage Vickers .303 machine guns and|
two wing mounted Lewis machine guns.
Changed to four Browning .303 machine guns.