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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - GAUNTLET MK II
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 640hp Bristol Mercury VIS2 9-cylinder radial piston engine
Speed: 370 kph, 230mph mph
Range: 740km, 460miles
Seats: 1
Length: 9.99m, 32ft 9.5in
Span: 8.05m, 5ft 5in
Empty Weight: 1 256kg, 2,770lb
Max T/O Weight: 1 801kg, 3,970lb
Period of Service: 1940 - 1940

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
No incidents found

Gauntlet Mk II

 
Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Gloster
Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Role: Fighter
 
Description:

Single-seat interceptor fighter and the last open-cockpit biplane used by the RAF.

One ex-RAF Gauntlet Mk I (870) and three ex-RAF Gauntlet IIs (871 to 873) were supplied to the SAAF for use in East Africa.

A further four were received for use as ground instructional airframes (ex-RAF K4088, K4099, K4100 and K5331).

Armament:
Two fixed forward-firing 0.303 (7.7mm) Vivkers machine-guns.