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Goldfinch

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Totals
Price
65 Hit Points
1316 kgWeight
17.8 Damage
Speed
244.7 Airspeed
251.7 km/hTop Speed at Sea Level
265 km/hTop Speed at Best Altitude
700 mOptimum Altitude
400 km/hMaximum Dive Speed
7.3 m/sRate of Climb
85 km/hStall Speed
191.2 km/hOptimum Airspeed
Mobility
99.4 Controllability
9.3 sAverage Time to Turn 360 deg
80 °/sRate of Roll
398 Maneuverability
Goldfinch
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Gloster Goldfinch
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Developed in early 1926 as an all-metal version of the Gamecock fighter. Never entered service.

Tech Tree

Engine
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85
EngineJupiter VII
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp450
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg330
Price:
Research cost85
Purchase price890
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85
Jupiter VII
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0
EngineJupiter IV
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp430
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg330
Applicability:Gloster Goldfinch
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Jupiter IV
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105
EngineJupiter IX
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp480
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg450
Price:
Research cost105
Purchase price990
Applicability:Gloster Goldfinch
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105
Jupiter IX
Synchronized machine gun
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0
Machine gun.303 Vickers Mk.I (S)
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s560
Damage17
Rate of Fire, rounds/min500
Weight, kg30
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2x.303 Vickers Mk.I (S)
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100
Machine gun.303 Vickers Mk.I* (S)
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s560
Damage19
Rate of Fire, rounds/min500
Weight, kg30
Price:
Research cost100
Purchase price1000
Applicability:Gloster Goldfinch
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100
2x.303 Vickers Mk.I* (S)
Airframe
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0
AirframeGamecock
Specifications:
Hit Points65
Weight, kg926
Applicability:Gloster Goldfinch
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Gamecock
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100
AirframeGoldfinch
Specifications:
Hit Points75
Weight, kg940
Price:
Research cost100
Purchase price1300
Applicability:Gloster Goldfinch
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100
Goldfinch
Outboard weapon
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No weapons
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210
Bombs20 lb
Specifications:
Damage Radius, m35
Damage150
Weight, kg10
Price:
Research cost210
Purchase price20
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210
4x20 lb


Modules

Engine

Engine

Tier Engine Engine Power, hp / Thrust Type Weight, kg Price,
I Jupiter IV 430 air-cooled 330 0
II Jupiter IX 480 air-cooled 450 990
Synchronized machine gun

Synchronized machine gun

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
II .303 Vickers Mk.I* (S) 7.7 560 19 500 30 1000
Airframe

Airframe

Tier Airframe Hit Points Weight, kg Price,
I Gamecock 65 926 0


Compatible Equipment

Improved Optical Sight
Self-Sealing Fuel Tank I
Ordnance Delivery Sight I
Engine Tuning I
Improved Covering I
Improved Radiator I
Lightweight Airframe I

Compatible Consumables

Reinforced Control Surfaces
Pneumatic Restarter
Automatic Fire Extinguishers
Control Surface Autotrim
Automatic Engine Restarter
First Aid Kit
First Aid Dressing Package
Ground Verification
Aerial Verification
Manual Fire Extinguishers
Control Surface Trim
Heavy Duty Control Surfaces

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Tied with P-12 for most health
  • Tied with Type 91 for best guns


Cons:


  • A bit slow
  • Average maneuverability


Performance

This plane is one of the better tier 1's. Its abundance of health paired with great guns make it a deadly combo. It's speed can hamper it some but is overcomable. Sort of a good example for the rest of British fighters. Head ons are a good idea and so are boom and zoom tactics.


Early Research

  • No real particular order, just get everything


Historical Info

In January 1926 the Air Ministry funded Gloster Aircraft to produce an all-metal version of their Gamecock for a high altitude fighter role, hence requiring a supercharged engine. The result was the Goldfinch, a single bay biplane with unequal span wings of marked stagger. Unsurprisingly, this aircraft had a strong similarity to the Gamecock and in particular to the Gamecock II with its narrow chord ailerons. Because of the supercharged engine the fuselage was longer forward of the cockpit. The tail also was a little different, the tailplane having rounded trailing tips and the fin, initially at least, was very broad in chord and short in height.

Only one Goldfinch was built but there were two rather different versions. The first build had all-metal wings but a fuselage of mixed metal and wood construction. Both wings and fuselage were fabric covered. The fuselage was then rebuilt entirely of metal, apart from its covering and lengthened. The rebuild also brought a revised fin and rudder, with a narrower, higher fin of simpler overall shape. Throughout, the Goldfinch was powered by a supercharged 450 hp (335 kW) Bristol Jupiter VIIF driving a 9 ft (2.74 m) two bladed fixed pitch propeller.

The Goldfinch first flew in May 1927, and in December it went to RAF Martlesham Heath for trials where it proved fast and high with a rapid climb rate, and generally good manoeverability, although spinning behaviour was substandard. Gloster's submitted it as a contender for Air Ministry specification F.9/26 for an all-metal day-and-night fighter, but it failed to meet the required load and fuel requirements and was eliminated quite early. The Bristol Bulldog was the eventual winner, with the Goldfinch being used for trials at Martlesham Heath until October 1928.


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