In March of 1940, Hawker initiated a number of design studies aimed at improving the Typhoon. Among these studies were ways of improving the Typhoon´s high altitude performance. These involved the use of a new wing design that featured a thinner wing section and a reduced wing area. The new wing had a eliptical planform and showed a great potential for increasing performance at altitude while reducing the tendency of the original Typhoon wing to buffet at speeds around 500 mph. Powered by a Napier Sabre IIB developing 2,400 bhp the Tempest was one of the fastest aircraft of the war.
This is a model of the A/C flown by Sgt. Mac Kennaugh of 56 Sqn in Dec 44. His first mount a spit IX ( Thelma ) was replaced by the Tempest (Thelma II ) in mid 44. To his credit in the Tempest at the end of his career was
4 x V-1
2 x Me 109's
3 x FW-190a8's


Special thanks to Christer Landberg and his Tempest Site and also to Thomas Suurland. Without their resources I never could have got this plane finished.

Wing Span
Overall Length
Height ( Tail Up )
Main Gear Span
Max Speed
Wing Area
Weight
Wing Loading
Power Loading.
41 ft. 0 in.
33 ft. 8 in.
14 ft. 10 in.
14 ft. 10 1/2 in.
440 mph
302 sq ft.
11,500 lbs.
38.1 lbs./sq. ft.
4.79 lbs./bhp
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This one was just for fun. Its what it might have looked like if the image was taken in 1944. More views of the Spitfire Mk XXII can be seen here.