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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.

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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 (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 25.43 feet (7.75 meters)
Overall Width: 29.04 feet (8.85 meters)
Overall 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

Propulsion: 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