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Gloster Gladiator: books - history, models and technology

A book on the Gloster Gladiator? Explore here our selection of illustrated books on the history, models and technology of Gloster aircraft.

Gloster Gladiator Mk I and II (and Sea Gladiator)

The Gloster Gladiator was the very last biplane fighter to enter service with the RAF. Yet, despite being one of the fastest biplanes ever built, it was already obsolete upon its introduction to service in January 1937. Nonetheless, in the first eighteen months of WW2, it garnered many combat plaudits in the skies over the frozen Arctic, the sun-kissed Mediterranean, and the arid deserts of Africa.
In Britain, it provided crucial defense of the RN Fleet anchored at Scapa Flow, and was among the first aircraft sent to France to aid the BEF. Adopted early-on by the FAA and renamed Sea Gladiator, for a time this navalized version represented the nearest thing the service had to a modern fighter as it struggled toward parity with its Axis opponents.

This book tells the complete story. The text covers not only the type?s remarkable operational history, but also that of Gloster?s journey to its production. Also examined are the Gladiator?s design and construction, and its subsequent technical development. Second-line duties and service with foreign air forces are also briefly covered.
Supporting lavish artwork and 3-D exploded views vividly bring the aircraft to life, making it an ideal reference work for the modeler.

Author:Adam Cotton, Marek Rys
Specs:215 pages, 29.5 x 21 x 1.3 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 x 0.51 in, paperback
Illustrations:120 b&w photographs, 3-D exploded views
Publisher:Kagero Oficyna Wydawnicza (PL, 2019)
Book: Gloster Gladiator Mk I and II (and Sea Gladiator)

Gloster Gladiator Mk I and II (and Sea Gladiator)

Language: English

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Gladiator vs CR.42 Falco - 1940-41 (Osprey)

Both the Gloster Gladiator and the Fiat CR.42 Falco represented the peak in the development of the biplane fighter, which could trace its lineage back to World War I. However, by the time both aircraft entered service in the late 1930s, they were already obsolete. Nevertheless, they gave sterling service on all fronts in the Mediterranean and Africa in 1940-41.

Indeed, the CR.42 was the Regia Aeronautica's staple fighter in both North and East Africa, Greece and over Malta in 1940-41, during which time its pilots routinely fought British and Commonwealth squadrons equipped in the main with Gladiator biplanes.
Some bitter dogfights were fought between these two types as the Allies attempted to gain control of the skies over North Africa, Greece and East Africa. Both types were flown in the main by highly experienced pre-war pilots, and this in turn made for some closely fought engagements.

The first known combat between the CR.42 and the Gladiator took place on 14 June 1940 over North Africa and the last engagement between the two types occurred on 24 October 1941 over the East African front.

Author:Hakan Gustavsson, Ludovico Slongo
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 1 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2012)
Series:Duel (47)
Book: Gladiator vs CR.42 Falco - 1940-41 (Osprey)

Gladiator vs CR.42 Falco - 1940-41

Language: English

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Gloster Gladiator Aces (Osprey)

The Gloster Gladiator was the ultimate British biplane fighter, and the machine on which many early war aces would "cut their teeth" as tyro pilots. This book provides accounts of combats involving Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Belgian, Chinese and British pilots.

Author:Andrew Thomas
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2002)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (44)
Book: Gloster Gladiator Aces (Osprey)

Gloster Gladiator Aces

Language: English

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Gloster Meteor Mk. 7- Pilot's Flight Operating Instr

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English | paperback | 114 p. | 2010

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