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The brief career of Gloster’s F.9/37 is greatly overshadowed by the manufacturer’s later successes. Tony Buttler delves into the history of this lesser known prototype

Although showing enormous potential, it was believed the F.9/37 would have been outclassed by newer and more advanced enemy fighters relatively quickly. As it turned out, the advent of the jet killed Off Gloster’s interest in the type.

A contemporary to Westland’s fearsome-looking Whirlwind, the Gloster F.9/37 was a moderately small twin-engined fighter designed as World War Two approached. Both types were armed with cannon rather than machine guns, and one F.9/37 later flew with the Whirlwind’s Rolls-Royce Peregrine powerplant. However, the Gloster type never entered production and subsequently gains little recognition today.

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