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joystick from Gloster Sea Gladiator 'Faith

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Catalogue number
  • EPH 3688
Materials
  • leather
  • metal
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: joystick from Gloster Sea Gladiator 'Faith
  • SIMPLE NAME: REL : British
Object Type
relic
Category
vehicles, aircraft and ships

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Although the Gloster Gladiator was obsolescent by 1939, the outbreak of the Second World War ensured that it was retained as a front line fighter, and the type served with distinction in France, Norway, North Africa and Malta. The beleaguered island of Malta was defended by a small force of mixed aircraft, which included the 3 Gloster Sea Gladiator aircraft, that famously became known as 'Faith', 'Hope' and 'Charity'.

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joystick joystick, or control column (3in x 5in x 27in high), from the Gloster Sea Gladiator 'Faith' (serial number N5520), complete with firing button, which can be seen on the grip.

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