Tuck's Gladiator Mk2
The Gloster Gladiator was a single engine, single seat fighter which entered service in 1937 as the Royal Air Force's last biplane fighter. Often overshadowed by more modern monoplanes, it still remained arguably the greatest biplane fighter of all time. This aircraft is meant to reflect the Ace it was named after and has a special paint job to reflect that.
- Use your maneuvers carefully
- When attacked use your slow speed to your advantage
- Open fire from less than 300 meters
- Try to boom and zoom him
- If you have cannons - aim at engine
- Avoid turn fighting
- Fast takeoff and landings
- Low max speed
- Upgrade your engine for better performance
- Polish the fuselage to reduce air resistance
- Buy a talisman for +100% XP when flying this plane
- Buy a backup plane for arcade mode
Biplane design was already considered outdated by the time production of the Gladiator started, but it was feared that Britain might not have time to develop more modern monoplanes in sufficient quantities before full scale war began.
Building on the success of the earlier Gauntlet fighter, the Gladiator was developed to replace the aging Bristol Bulldog. Featuring an enclosed cockpit, new wings and a more streamlined fixed undercarriage, the armament was also increased to four 0.303 inch machine guns. Initially, 231 Gladiator Mk 1's were delivered to the RAF.
A total of 746 Gladiator aircraft were produced, and served with distinction in the opening phases of the war, notably during the Norwegian Campaign and in the defence of Malta. Pilots who achieved success in the Gladiator included the RAF's top scorer, Squadron Leader 'Pat' Pattle, who scored 15 confirmed kills in Gladiators, and Royal Navy Commander Charles Keighly-Peach, who trained several of his Swordfish pilots in fighter tactics to operate from HMS Eagle in the Mediterranean.