Gloster Goldfinch
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Gloster Goldfinch

The second all-metal fighter designed by H P Folland, the Goldfinch was ordered in January 1926 as an all-metal version of the Gamecock, but, as initially completed, the prototype embodied a proportion of wood in its fuselage structure. After initial trials, the prototype was reworked, a lengthened, all-metal fuselage and revised tail unit being applied. In its new form, the prototype Goldfinch was delivered to Martlesham Heath late 1927. Powered by a supercharged 450hp Bristol Jupiter VIIF nine-cylinder radial, and having two 7.7mm Vickers Mk I synchronised machine guns, the Goldfinch offered an extremely good performance, but in competing for a production contract to Specification F.9/26 it was bested by the Bristol Bulldog.

Gloster GoldfinchA three-view drawing (800 x 599)

    Take-off weight1468 kg3236 lb
    Empty weight933 kg2057 lb
    Wingspan9.14 m30 ft 0 in
    Length6.78 m22 ft 3 in
    Height3.20 m11 ft 6 in
    Wing area25.48 m2274.26 sq ft
    Max. speed277 km/h172 mph


J7940 is a Gloster Goldfinch

Barry, 09.03.2011

I am sure the photograph is in fact a Gamecock and not a Goldfinch.

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