Full Size Printed Plans Scale 1:12 Control Line Wingspan 41" Hawker Tempest V


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Hawker Tempest V

Full Size Printed Plan on a sheet 43" x 28"

Two Page article few building notes

Control Line

Scale 1:12 1"=1ft

Wingspan 41"

Engine .29 to .60

by Walter Musciano

During the latter part of World War Two, French Ace Pierre Clostermann flew the rugged Hawker Tempest V which made its appearance at the front in April 1944. A development of the earlier, and not too successful Typhoon, the Tempest was a vastly superior airplane. Designed by Sidney Camm of Hurricane fame, the "V" was the only variation to be employed operationally during the war.

This Hawker, the fastest medium-altitude fighter in the Royal Air Force, had a speed of 435-mph hour at 1T,000 feet. This coupled with the four 20-millimeter wing cannon made the Tempest the mainstay of England's defense against Germany's V-1 jet powered "buzz" bombs. This type aircraft accounted for more than one third of the 1,800 "buzz" bombs destroyed during the summer of 1944.

In addition to its cannon; two 1,000-lb bombs or eight rockets could be carried as offensive armanent. Powering this large 13,500-lb plane was Napier's unique "Sabre" 24-cylinder, "H" type, horizontal liquid cooled, sleeve valve design which developed 2,400-hp. Range for the "V", 820 miles could be extended via two drop tanks to 1,300 miles. Altitude of 10,000 feet could be reached in 2.7 minutes.

Versatile Tempests were employed as interceptors, fighter-bombers, escorts, for ground-attack duties against tanks and stationary targets. Carbon-monoxide fumes which seeped into the cockpit dictated the use of oxygen at all times.

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