Two Gloster VIs were built for the 1929
Schneider Trophy Air races. The first is seen above. The
second one was N250.
Designed by Henry Folland, the Mark VI was the first monoplane racer
built by Glosters. It actually bore a remarkable resemblance to
its competitor, the Supermarine
Both Gloster VIs were sent to the RAF High Speed Flight at Calshot in
Unfortunately the 1,320 hp Napier Lion engines,
which were reaching the azimuth of their develop-
ment, refused to
run properly at full power. The resultant problems forced the
Glosters to be with-
drawn from the race.
Ironically, a day
after the race, they were able to coax the Napier engine to
satisfaction and Ft. Lt. Stainforth set a new speed record, albeit
temporarily, of 336 mph.
since, a scant half an hour later, Sq. Ldr. Orlebar broke that record
in the new Super-
marine S.6.turning in a
speed of 357 mph. After
the event, both
Gloster VI's were put to limited
use as trainers by the High Speed