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The Hawker Tempest was a British fighter aircraft primarily used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the Second World War. The Tempest was an improved derivative of the Hawker Typhoon, intended to address problems with the Typhoon's unexpected low performance by replacing its wing with a much thinner laminar flow design. It emerged as one of the most powerful fighters used during the war.


  1. Sabre IIA at + 9 lb/in² boost at 7,000 ft (2,133 m), 4,000 rpm. Sabre IIB gave 2,420 hp (1,804 kW) at + 11 lb boost at Sea Level, 3,850 rpm.
  2. Sabre IIA at 18,400 ft (5,608 m), Sabre IIB 435 mph at 19,000 ft (700 km/h at 5,791 m)
  3. Later models used Mark V Hispano Cannons.



  • Beamont, Roland. My Part of the Sky. London, UK: Patrick Stephens, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-079-9.
  • Beamont, Roland. Tempest over Europe. London, UK: Airlife, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-452-3.
  • Beamont, Roland. "Tempest Summer: part 1" Aeroplane Monthly, June 1992.
  • Bentley, Arthur L. "Hawker Tempest Article and Drawings." Scale Models Magazine Vol. 4, No 2. February 1973. Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK.
  • Bridgman, Leonard (ed.). "The Hawker Tempest." Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II. London: Studio, 1946. ISBN 1-85170-493-0.
  • Brown, Charles E. Camera Above the Clouds Volume 1. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 0-906393-31-0.
  • Buttler, Tony. British Secret Projects: Fighters and Bombers 1935–1950. Hersham, UK: Midland, 2004. ISBN 1-85780-179-2.
  • Clostermann, Pierre. The Big Show. London, UK: Chatto & Windus Ltd in association with William Heinemann Ltd., 1953. No ISBN.
  • Darling, Kev. Hawker Typhoon, Tempest and Sea Fury. Ramsgate, Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK: The Crowood Press Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-86126-620-0.
  • Halliday, Hugh A. Typhoon and Tempest: the Canadian Story. Charlottesville, Virginia: Howell Press, 2000. ISBN 0-921022-06-9.
  • Mason, Francis K. Hawker Aircraft Since 1920 (3rd revised edition). London: Putnam, 1991. ISBN 0-85177-839-9.
  • Mason, Francis K. The Hawker Typhoon and Tempest. Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, UK: Aston Publications, 1988. ISBN 0-946627-19-3.
  • "Napier Flight Development." (Article and Images) Flight International No. 1961, Volume L, 25 July 1946.
  • Ovčáčík, Michal and Karel Susa. Hawker Tempest: MK I,V,II,VI,TT Mks.5,6. Prague, Czech Republic: 4+ Publications, 2000. ISBN 80-902559-2-2.
  • Pilot's Notes for Hawker Tempest V: Air Publication 2458c. London: Air Ministry, 1944.
  • Rawlings, John D. R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. Somerton, UK: Crécy Books, 1993. ISBN 0-947554-24-6.
  • Reed, Arthur and Roland Beamont. Typhoon and Tempest at War. Shepperton, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan, 1974. ISBN 0-7110-0542-7.
  • Scutts, Jerry. Typhoon/Tempest in Action (Aircraft in Action series, No. 102). Carrollton, Texas: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1990. ISBN 978-0-89747-232-6.
  • Shores, Christopher. Ground Attack Aircraft of World War Two. London: Macdonald and Jane's, 1977. ISBN 0-356-08338-1.
  • Tempest at War DVD, IWM Footage.
  • Thomas, Chris. Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2. Botley, Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-85532-779-1.
  • Thomas, Chris and Christopher Shores. The Typhoon and Tempest Story. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1988. ISBN 978-0-85368-878-5.
  • Watkins, David and Phil Listemann. No. 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron 1939–1945: Hurricane, Spitfire, Tempest. Boé Cedex, France: Graphic Sud, 2007. ISBN 978-2-9526381-3-5.

Further reading[]

  • Shores, Christopher and Chris Thomas. Second Tactical Air Force Volume One: Spartan to Normandy, June 1943 to June 1944. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., 2004. ISBN 1-903223-40-7.
  • Shores, Christopher and Chris Thomas. Second Tactical Air Force Volume Two: Breakout to Bodenplatte, July 1944 to January 1945. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., 2005. ISBN 1-903223-41-5.
  • Shores, Christopher and Chris Thomas. Second Tactical Air Force Volume Three: From the Rhine to Victory, January to May 1945. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., 2006. ISBN 1-903223-60-1.
  • Shores, Christopher and Chris Thomas. Second Tactical Air Force Volume Four: Squadrons, Camouflage and Markings, Weapons and Tactics 1943–1945. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., 2008. ISBN 978-1-906537-01-2

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