The Gloster IV Float Plane.

by Daniel Russ on February 26, 2012

The British Gloster IV Float Plane

The Gloster IV Float Plane


The British were among the first pioneers of flight along with the French, the Italians and the Americans. England is, of course, a large island surrounded by oceans. Thusly, the British had led the world in naval power. Therefore it made sense that the British would also be among the first to develop float planes.


The Gloster IV was developed as a racing plane to compete in the Schenider Trophy race in 1927. This followed racing planes that lost to American made floatplanes manufactured by Curtis Aircraft. Four Gloster IV float planes were manufactured and while the racing model suffered mechanical problems, the remaining three were used as trainers.


Source: X-Planes, Wikipedia


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Louis September 12, 2017 at 3:49 am

The Spitfire was apparantly developed from a float plane that also entered into the Schneider Trophy.

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