Late in 1944, Gloster began construction of an all-metal
single-seat fighter designed around the RB.41 centrifugal-
flow turbojet being developed by Rolls-Royce and
to emerge as the Nene. To the requirements of Specification
E.1/44, the first prototype was completed in July 1947, but suffered irreparable damage when the
vehicle transporting it to the A&AEE was involved in
an accident. A second prototype was completed and
flown on 9 March 1948, this being powered by a
2268kg Nene 2 turbojet and having provision
for four 20mm Hispano cannon. After initial
flight testing the tail assembly was redesigned to improve
handling. A third prototype was flown in 1949,
and a fourth was nearing completion when it was
decided that the single-engined fighter lacked the development
potential of the twin-engined Meteor,
further work being discontinued.
|A three-view drawing (1670 x 1203)|
| Take-off weight||5203 kg||11471 lb|
| Empty weight||3747 kg||8261 lb|
| Wingspan||10.97 m||36 ft 0 in|
| Length||11.58 m||38 ft 0 in|
| Height||3.55 m||12 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||23.60 m2||254.03 sq ft|
| Max. speed||998 km/h||620 mph|
Bill Waterton called it the Gloster Gormless
Does any one know if Bill Waterton crashlanded TX145 in a field near the RAE Farnborough (actually in Cove) in 1949 afer an engine failure
Take this plane,fit it with swept wings and tail and you have an excellent MiGkiller.
(about the same as the world air speed record in 1946) seems very optimistic to me...
that problems of compressibilty experienced at higher mach numbers were best answered useing swept wings, and so there was no point in proceeding with what would prove to be a dated design.
|Bill Krouwel, 14.06.2011|
Bill Waterton, who waqs responsible for testing it was deeply sarcastic about it, and thought it was good for nothing. The quoted maximum speed of 620 mph (about the same as the world air speed record in 1946) seems very optimistic to me...
This plane was known as the Ace and was one of a number of studies made by Gloster at about this time. The real reason it was not proceeded with was that in the immediate post war years it became apparent to all aircraft manufacturers that, as the Germans had already discovered, that problems of compressibilty experienced at higher mach numbers were best answered useing swept wings, and so there was no point in proceeding with what would prove to be a dated design.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?