FLYING UNDER THREE FLAGS

LATVIAN GLADIATORS

Annexed by the Soviet Union and then over-run by the Germans, Latvia underwent turmoil in 1940-41. The history of its Gloster Gladiators helps tell the story

A beautiful study by one of The Aeroplane‘s photographers of Gladiator I serial 114 on a test flight in June 1937 before delivery to the Latvian Air Force.
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A large portion of the Latvian Gladiator fleet lined up as part of a military parade at Spilve in 1938.
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During 1937, Latvia’s air arm found itself sorely lacking a meaningful fighter force.

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