One prototype first flown on 23 February 1932. No production.
|A three-view drawing (674 x 506)|
| ENGINE||4 x 580hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIIS|
| Take-off weight||13168 kg||29031 lb|
| Empty weight||8655 kg||19081 lb|
| Wingspan||28.98 m||95 ft 1 in|
| Length||24.38 m||80 ft 0 in|
| Height||7.82 m||26 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||231.61 m2||2493.03 sq ft|
| Max. speed||227 km/h||141 mph|
| Ceiling||5822 m||19100 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine guns, 14 x 110kg bombs|
The only four engined aircraft designed and built by Gloster the TC 33 was built to specification C16/28 which called for a 30 seat troop transporter. Powered by four evaporatively cooled Rolls Royce Kestrel engines developing 580 h.p. each with the 2 x tractor IIIS engines driving 12' two bladed fixed pitch propellers and the rear pusher IIS driving 11' fixed pitch propellers. The aircraft enjoyed clean lines and flew well although it did endure initial tail flutter which was latterly cured. However, it was quite reluctant to leave the ground and the Air Ministry felt that this problem would only get worse in "hot and high" conditions. No TC 33's were ordered but there again no order was placed for C16/28.
|rod humphries, 20.02.2010|
i have a similar original photo giving the Reg. as J -9832 with a mechanic staring up at it.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?