Gloster Gnatsnapper
1928
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Gloster Gnatsnapper

The Gnatsnapper was designed to the requirements of Specification N.21/26 calling for a single-seat shipboard fighter of all-metal construction and powered by a Bristol Mercury IIA nine-cylinder air-cooled radial. The first of two prototypes, temporarily powered by a Jupiter VII engine, flew in February 1928. The Mercury IIA was subsequently installed, but as this did not measure up to anticipated performance or reliability, the Jupiter VII was reinstated for official trials. The second prototype was not completed until March 1930, initially with a Mercury IIA, but the designated power plant was again discarded shortly thereafter. The first prototype was re-engined with a 540hp Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar VIII 14-cylinder radial as the Gnatsnapper II, but suffered damage during official trials. In 1931, it was re-engined once more, with a steam-cooled 525hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIS, as the Gnatsnapper III, subsequently serving as a Rolls-Royce test-bed and hack aircraft.

Gloster Gnatsnapper


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1644 kg3624 lb
    Empty weight1347 kg2970 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan10.21 m34 ft 6 in
    Length7.48 m25 ft 6 in
    Height3.32 m11 ft 11 in
    Wing area33.44 m2359.94 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed265 km/h165 mph

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baodaoya, 18.06.2011

The first of two prototypes, temporarily powered by a Jupiter VII engine, flew in February 1928.

, 18.06.2011

Gloster Gnatsnapper
1928

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