Gloster TC.33


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Gloster TC.33

One prototype first flown on 23 February 1932. No production.

Gloster TC.33A three-view drawing (674 x 506)

 ENGINE4 x 580hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIIS
  Take-off weight13168 kg29031 lb
  Empty weight8655 kg19081 lb
  Wingspan28.98 m95 ft 1 in
  Length24.38 m80 ft 0 in
  Height7.82 m26 ft 8 in
  Wing area231.61 m22493.03 sq ft
  Max. speed227 km/h141 mph
  Ceiling5822 m19100 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine guns, 14 x 110kg bombs

Barry, 19.11.2015 15:11

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, e-mail, 20.02.2010 00:46

i have a similar original photo giving the Reg. as J -9832 with a mechanic staring up at it.


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