Gloster Gamecock J7904 at the Jet Age Museum

The Gloster Gamecock first flew in 1925 and was the RAF’s last wooden fighter. No complete Gamecock survives but the Jet Age Museum’s reproduction Gamecock I is nearing completion. Work has been carried out on the reproduction at the Tithe Barn Centre in Brockworth, not far from the site of the former Gloster Aircraft Company’s factory-airfield. Rear fuselage sections of two Finnish-built Gamecocks survive in museums in Finland, but apart from a handful of components that is all.

A few compromises have been made – the rigging wires are circular rather than streamline section due to cost, and plywood is used instead of asbestos for the firewall – but otherwise it is pretty much spot on. The engine is on loan from the RAF Museum and was reconditioned by Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust. The propeller is original, as are one interplane strut and two inter-aileron struts, one of them restored after it had been sharpened as a fence post.

The Gamecock reproduction is being finished as J7904 of 43 Squadron as flown by the squadron commander, complete with black and white chequers on the rear fuselage spine.

History: The Jet Age Museum
Photos: Tony Wilkins


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4 responses to “Gloster Gamecock J7904 at the Jet Age Museum

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    • Hahaha no. Apparently at one point the F-35 was going to be called the Piasa but the USMC pilots said they’d end up calling it the “Piss-ass”. Seems more appropriate now though

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