Gloster G.42 / E.1/44
Late in 1944, Gloster began construction of an all-metal single-seat fighter designed around the RB.41 centrifugal-flow turbojet being developed by Rolls-Royce and to emerge as the Nene. To the requirements of Specification E.1/44, the first prototype was completed in July 1947, but suffered irreparable damage when the vehicle transporting it to the A&AEE was involved in an accident.
A second prototype was completed and flown on 9 March 1948, this being powered by a 2268kg Nene 2 turbojet and having provision for four 20mm Hispano cannon. After initial flight testing the tail assembly was redesigned to improve handling. A third prototype was flown in 1949, and a fourth was nearing completion when it was decided that the single-engined fighter lacked the development potential of the twin-engined Meteor, further work being discontinued.
Max take-off weight: 5203 kg / 11471 lb
Empty weight: 3747 kg / 8261 lb
Wingspan: 10.97 m / 35 ft 12 in
Length: 11.58 m / 37 ft 12 in
Height: 3.55 m / 11 ft 8 in
Wing area: 23.60 sq.m / 254.03 sq ft
Max. speed: 998 km/h / 620 mph