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When introduced, the Gloster Gauntlet, an open cockpit biplane based on a WWI design, was the fastest British aircraft of its type. All British fighter aircraft after the Gauntlet had enclosed cockpits.
A Gauntlet became the first British fighter aircraft to be guided to an interception from ground based radar in November of 1937.
The Gauntlet was the primary British single seat fighter aircraft through 1939, serving in fourteen squadrons.
Squadron no. 6, operating in Palistine, continued flying the Gloster Gauntlet through April of 1940.
Four Gauntlet fighter aircraft, assigned to East Africa, intercepted Italian raiding aircraft from September through November of 1940. One Gauntlet is credited with the downing of an Italian bomber.
A total of 246 Gloster Gauntlet aircraft of all types were produced, seventeen of which were manufactured in Denmark.
Retired Gauntlet aircraft were used by Australia, Finland, Rhodesia, and South Africa.