And Rockets Blazed - Hawker Typhoon
Hawker Typhoon Aviation Aeroplane Art Print by Aircraft Artist Charles J. Thompson GAvA.
Along with the P-47 Thunderbolt and Il-2 Sturmovik, the Typhoon ranks as the most important of the Allies close-support aircraft.
Designed as a Hurricane replacement, the Typhoon was one of two similar designs built to test different powerplants. While the Napier Sabre was more reliable than the alternative Rolls- Royce Vulture, it was by no means trouble free. Serviceability problems, teething-troubles and the aircrafts’ disappointing performance at high altitude led to a change in tactics to a low-level fighter. Meanwhile, the success of the Hawker Hurricane in the fighter-bomber role led to a series of trials with bombs and “Bombphoons” were soon making harassing raids over occupied France. It was another development for the Hurricane though that would become synonymous with the “Tiffie”. By 1942, trials were being tested using 60lb Rocket-Projectiles and these would soon be fitted to create one of the most important weapons in 2nd Tactical Air Force.
Such was the prowess that they will forever be remembered for their role in the destruction of the German army in the Falaise Gap where the combination of 20mm cannon, rockets and bombs proved decisive.
In Charles Thompson’s aviation art painting, a Typhoon of 198 Squadron having just released its battery of eight 60lb rockets.