Tempest Two - Hawker Tempest
Hawker Tempest II Aviation Aircraft Plane Painting Print by Aviation Artist Charles J. Thompson GAvA
When Hawker’s undertook the development of a larger, faster interceptor to replace the Typhoon, two different power-plants were chosen. The first were later variants of the Napier Sabre, as used on the Typhoon and the new Bristol Centaurus radial. While the Sabre powered Mk.V was to see war-service, the Mk.II, which entered service after it was much preferred by pilots due to its gentler handling, smoother acceleration and quieter cockpit. This aircraft comes from 54 squadron, which re-equipped with the aircraft in November 1945 and was one of only two squadrons to use the type in the U.K. Development would be swift though, as the final and ultimate Hawker piston-engined fighter was then in development, the Hawker Sea Fury.