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Hawker Tempest II Fighter Plane

The Hawker Tempest II owed much of it's features to a closely inspected captured Focke-Wulf Fw-190, and first flew on the 28th of June 1943 but lack of production capability resulted in the production being delayed until Bristol were able to produce the aircraft under licence, the first example rolling off the production line in early October 1944, production remaining with Bristol until Hawker was able to produce the Tempest II itself. A total of 452 Tempest II's were built but were never to see action in WWII although they had been earmarked to join "Tiger Force" in the Pacific theatre.

Hawker Tempest II Fighter Plane


In 1947 24 RAF aircraft were transferred from the FAR to the Pakistani Air Force and a further 89 to the Indian Air Force.

Hawker Tempest II Specification:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 10.49m
  • Wing span: 12.49m
  • Empty weight: 4045kg
  • Loaded weight: 5360kg
  • Engine: Single 2,520 hp Bristol Centaurus V or VI radial piston engine
  • Maximum speed: 711kph (442mph) @ 4600m
  • Service ceiling: 11400m
  • Maximum range: 1320km

Hawker Tempest II Armament:

    • Four 20 mm (.79 in) Mark II Hispano cannons
    • Two 500 lb (227 kg) (or)
    • Two 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs
    • Eight 3 in (76.2 mm) RP-3 non-guided rocket projectiles

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