Hawker Tempest

Sort of a “super” Typhoon, the Hawker Tempest had unbelievable technical qualities for a World War 2 airplane. Starting in 1944, it became what was probably the best British propeller fighter aircraft of the war. Thanks to its capacities, the Tempest was responsible for the loss of twenty German Me 262 (the first operational jet aircraft).

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Among other missions, the Tempest was used on the continent by the Air Command to destroy trains, tanks, and artillery positions. It also was excellent at intercepting V-1 (the first missiles ever produced, designed by German engineers) over England, not only shooting them but also sending them to the ground by destabilizing the missile with the wingtip.

Type: Fighter-bomber
Engine: Napier Sabre  II  dev. 2 420 hp
Max speed: 686 km/h (425  mph) @ 5 182 m (18,500 ft.)
Ceiling: 11 125 m (36,500  ft.)
Range: 2 462 km (740  mi.)
Weight (empty): 4 082 kg (8,980  lb.)
Weight (loaded): 6 142 kg (13,512  lb.)
Wingspan: 12.50 m (41 ft.)
Length: 10.30 m (34 ft.)
Height: 4.9 m (16 ft.)
Armament: Four Hispano 20  mm cannons, two 1000lb bombs or 8 rockets

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  1. K. N. Maude

    I built some plastic kits as a kid, and loved that era of fighter planes and bombers that were pitted against an advancing foe that was fueled by a monster, Germany’s Hitler. To the many who served whether they were mechanics, factory workers, airmen, submarine crew or others, bravo. I liked the Spitfire, Hurricane, B25, Marauder, B17, P51, Catalina, Tempest, F4U, Typhoon and some others. My dad served overseas in England, like so many, to their credit and our worlds did not flee unlike today’s distant nation that are costly hemorrhaging economies, resources and re-populating worlds. To the Allies who fought against the Axis, kudos. Often we take our freedoms for granted whether we are born in nations like UK, France, Australia, Canada, USA or otherwise. Newcomers, whether you are a work visa/student, refugees, or asylum seekers you need to know your/our freedoms were protected like freedom of speech, religion and immigration by those who faced perils. Many countries did zip in the combat theater (look up the Allied list) and now freely migrate around the world. Without the courage of many, whether it was a pilot of a Tempest or others, the world we know today might be different. Our brave shall never be forgotten in the passage of time and now, to our credit, our former enemies are working towards a better world; work in progress. Visit an epitaph, attend a veteran parade, watch a documentary on WW.1 and WW.2, talk to an aging veteran or visit a museum that showcases military planes from the Allied. Too many of these beefy planes were sadly destroyed and used for metal scrap (recycled) or allowed to rust away when we need more of them on display to remind us of an ugly time where legendary heroes were forged from civilians, etc. To the women who served in uniforms, and those staying at home and raising kids while their husbands went to war, thank you for your role that was overshadowed – it was a joint effort. Our citizens did not flee their enemy, they faced it head on (Japan, Italy and Germany) and warring foreign lands of today need to do the same – we did; so can you! To our immeasurable benefits, the planet has become better because of our diversity. Wars might be sensationalized by movies but it’s not pretty. To those who restore such treasured airplanes from the past, despite a labor intensive and costly process – great job! To see one of these war birds in a museum or some that fly is nothing less than awesome. Our WW.2 soldiers are dying off and we should be helping them including PTSD veterans more than we do with foreign aid and its abuses. Fact, the world would be different if our foe had of been victorious. Salute to all who served and continue to protect our democracy, rights and freedoms. To those who make Canada, and others their new home you are here, because our Allied brave made a difference. This is not about intolerance or political activism, it’s the facts to never be forgotten. Unfortunately conflict is embedded in man’s history from the beginning of time. We need to work together united, not divided to pass on a better legacy. Salute to those who resurrect these military artifacts to their former glory. This plane did it all even though others were romanticized more like the Spitfire. Let us disarm nuclear weapons and stop twisted tyrants and regimes from destroying what others sacrificed to achieve. peace. We can do better….


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