Spirit of Aviation is a sculpture by Simon Springer, this is on Northgate Street in Gloucester, near to the now closed Debenhams store. The Spirit of Aviation statue celebrates the achievements of The Gloster Aircraft Company. They founded the company in 1917 and played a big part in the country’s aeronautical industry. The statue is one of many in Gloucester celebrating different aspects of the county’s history.
He designed the sculpture to mark the dawn of the jet age. It celebrates Gloucester’s contribution to aviation history and the modern trade of the aircraft worker.
Spirit of Aviation Statue Photos
The Gloster Aircraft Company
The Gloster Aircraft Company was a British aircraft manufacturer from 1917 to 1963. They founded it as the Gloucestershire Aircraft Company Limited during the First World War. With the aircraft construction activities of HH Martyn & Co Ltd of Cheltenham, it produced fighters during the war. They renamed company later as foreigners found ‘Gloucestershire’ difficult to pronounce. It later became part of the Hawker Siddeley Group, and the Gloster name disappeared in 1963.
Gloster designed and built several fighters that equipped the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during the interwar years. This included the Gladiator, the RAF’s last biplane fighter. The company built most of the wartime production of Hawker Hurricanes and Hawker Typhoons. This was for their parent company Hawker Siddeley, while its design office was working on the first British jet aircraft, the E28/39 experimental aircraft. They followed this by the Meteor, the RAF’s first jet-powered fighter. The Meteor was the only Allied jet fighter in service during the Second World War. More info…
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