The Hawker Tempest was a fighter that was used by Great Britain during World War II.

Description

The first production model of the series was the Tempest Mk V. It was designed to be a replacement for the Hawker Typhoon and had many similar visible characteristics. Notably, the radiator was similar while the wing shape was designed to be similar to the Supermarine Spitfire.[1] The Tempest used a single Napier Sabre IIA Engine which was capable of propelling the aircraft at speeds of up to 700 km/h. For armament, the Tempest used four 20mm Hispano Mk V autocannons. The Tempest could also carry eight 27 kg bombs or eight RP-3 rockets.

The length of the Tempest was 10.2 meters while its empty weight was 4,082 kg. With a service ceiling of 11,125 meters and operational range of 1,191 kilometers, the Tempest was a very successful high-altitude fighter and became one of the most powerful aircraft operated during the war.[2]

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