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This photograph was taken at the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon near London, UK.
The Gloster Gladiator was the last biplane fighter of the RAF, designed as a more advanced successor to the open cockpit Gauntlet Fighter. The prototype of the Galdiator was first flown in Sept. 1934. It entered service with the RAF in Feb. 1937. At this time fighter designs were advancing so fast that the Gladiator was obsolete within a couple of years although it gave staunch service during the earlier war years. It is especially renowned for the three Gladiators, Faith, Hope and Charity that protected the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean against the might of the combined German and Italian Air Forces.

FUJI -S5000 at 8.4mm, 1/0233s, f/2.8, iso 200, Manual.

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  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    Super picture, Roy! The good old Stringbag!

  • Thank you kindly David – I had a wonderful time at Hendon – just couldn’t get my fill of all the great aircraft !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 2 years ago

    Fabulous image Roy! :o)

  • Thank you so much Marilyn. The museum was fantastic !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Thank also for the favourite – appreciate it !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Excellent shot Roy. – Ted

  • Thank you so much Ted – my father spent WWII rigging these things ! It must have been easier once the byplanes went !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    Oh!!!dear Roy This is amazing a super angle.A fave.x

  • Many thanks Catherine – I have a love of planes before the propellors dropped off and jets came in !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Thank you also for the favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture of this old beauty Roy.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thank you very much Jude – I had a fantastic day at Hendon but have also been to Shuttleworth and Duxford to name a few in UK !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 2 years ago

    Impressive POV of this remarkable old lady. My dad worked on them during the war and I remember him telling me how basic they were. Cheers. Tony.

  • Gee Tony, apart from both having a warped sense of humour, both our fathers were also in the RAF !
    Mine joined in 1929, reached the dizzy heights of Leading Aircraftsman ( Rigger ) served in Afghanistan ( I think he started all the problems there ) Iraq, ( same here ) India ( what can I say, caused the Mutiny !) and last but not least, the US of A under the Empire Flying School where they trained Pilots. Demobbed in 1945. Thank you mate for your kind comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 2 years ago

    What a beauty Roy

  • Cheers Gary – thank you for your kind comment. Every time I was in the UK ( 3 times) first thing it was a pint of scrumpy and a pork pie then off to another Air Museum !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 2 years ago

    Great shot and info Roy ~ love the detail and perspective ~ a classic!

  • Many thanks Susie – I do have a love for old planes !

    – Roy Massicks

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