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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.

Max take-off weight: 1468 kg / 3236 lb
Empty weight: 933 kg / 2057 lb
Wingspan: 9.14 m / 29 ft 12 in
Length: 6.78 m / 22 ft 3 in
Height: 3.20 m / 10 ft 6 in
Wing area: 25.48 sq.m / 274.26 sq ft
Max. speed: 277 km/h / 172 mph





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