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  • Gloster E.28/39 Experimental Prototype Aircraft

    Only two Gloster E.28-39 experimental aircraft were built - becoming the first jet-powered aircraft to fly for the British.

     Updated: 12/21/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    Gloster E.28/39 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1941
    Type: Experimental Prototype Aircraft
    National Origin: United Kingdom
    Manufacturer(s): Gloster Aircraft Company - UK
    Production Total: 2

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 25.43 feet (7.75 meters)
    Width: 29.04 feet (8.85 meters)
    Height: 8.86 feet (2.70 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 2,888 lb (1,310 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 3,748 lb (1,700 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Power Jets W.1 turbojet engine developing 860 lb of thrust.

    Maximum Speed: 339 mph (545 kph; 294 knots)
    Maximum Range: 407 miles (655 km)
    Service Ceiling: 32,005 feet (9,755 meters; 6.06 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 1,065 feet-per-minute (325 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    None - though provision was held for the fitting of 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine guns.

    Global Operators / Customers

    United Kingdom

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    E.28/39 - Base Series Designation