Hawker Tempest

Sort of a “super” Typhoon, the Hawker Tempest had unbelievable technical qualities for a World War 2 airplane. Starting in 1944, it became what was probably the best British propeller fighter aircraft of the war. Thanks to its capacities, the Tempest was responsible for the loss of twenty German Me 262 (the first operational jet aircraft).

World War 2 planes

Among other missions, the Tempest was used on the continent by the Air Command to destroy trains, tanks, and artillery positions. It also was excellent at intercepting V-1 (the first missiles ever produced, designed by German engineers) over England, not only shooting them but also sending them to the ground by destabilizing the missile with the wingtip.

Type: Fighter-bomber
Engine: Napier Sabre  II  dev. 2 420 hp
Max speed: 686 km/h (425  mph) @ 5 182 m (18,500 ft.)
Ceiling: 11 125 m (36,500  ft.)
Range: 2 462 km (740  mi.)
Weight (empty): 4 082 kg (8,980  lb.)
Weight (loaded): 6 142 kg (13,512  lb.)
Wingspan: 12.50 m (41 ft.)
Length: 10.30 m (34 ft.)
Height: 4.9 m (16 ft.)
Armament: Four Hispano 20  mm cannons, two 1000lb bombs or 8 rockets
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