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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA36206: Gloster Gladiator Mk I of 6 Sqn RAF, Libya, 1941
Length 4.5 inches Wingspan 5.25 inches
Following problems in Palestine, the squadron relocated there in 1938, reverting to the Army cooperation role with Hardys, adding Gauntlets and Lysanders later. It eventually left Palestine and started operations in the Western Desert with Lysanders in September 1940, although the squadron HQ remained in Palestine. Gradually, Hurricanes replaced Lysanders in the tactical reconnaissance role, being fully equipped by June 1941. However, in August, these were replaced by Lysanders and Gladiators, with some Blenheims and Hurricanes being added later, but all were removed again in January 1942 when the squadron assumed maintenance duties.
Designed as an improvement over the Gauntlet, the Gladiator was first flown on September 12th, 1934. The Gloster Gladiator was a British-built biplane fighter, used by the Royal Air Force and Navy and exported to a number of other air forces. Though often pitted against more advanced modern aircraft, it achieved wartime fame in the hands of skilled pilots, fighting some of the most dramatic battles of the early war years. Sea Gladiators were successful as carrier-based aircraft because their slower speed made them suitable for carrier operations, and because they were less likely to be facing modern fighter opposition.