The Hawker Tempest Mk V only saw frontline service in the last year of the war but proved to be quite a formidable fighter, capable of defeating most German fighters at low altitude and even proving to be a serious threat to the Messerschmitt Me 262, destroying 20 of these jets in air combat. The…Continue reading A very significant Tempest : Roland Beamont’s JN751
Hawker Tempest Mk V EJ580 was flown by F/L Ron Bennett of the Royal Air Force’s No 501 Squadron in October 1944. MW820 was a Tempest Mk II operated by No 54 Squadron in Chibolton in March 1946. Squadron Leader Jimmy Sheddan was the commanding officer of No 486 Squadron in May 1945 and flew…Continue reading Hawker Tempest Mk II & Mk V
Last week I posted a profile of Clostermann’s SN222, explaining that the aircraft later received additional markings and a brighter shade of red for the roundel and fin flash. This is how “Le Grand Charles” appeared after the night of 8/9 May 1945, exactly 72 years ago. The most notable difference is of course the…Continue reading Clostermann’s Hawker Tempest Mk V “Le Grand Charles” (cont’d)
Clostermann is arguably the most famous Tempest ace. SN222 is one of the Tempest Mk V Series 2 he flew and is represented as it looked in early May 1945. During the night of 8/9 May, the aircraft received the No 3 Squadron logo on its tail, and the Dull Red of the roundel and fin…Continue reading Clostermann’s Hawker Tempest Mk V “Le Grand Charles”
It is with great pride and honour that I would like to introduce my partnership with maxFlite. The concept behind maxFlite’s product is quite simple: we all have fond childhood memories of playing with small foam gliders with propellers. In most cases, these gliders were as much fun as they were flimsy and unrealistic. MaxFlite…Continue reading Fly it for Christmas !
I’ve finished converting the new Hawker Tempest Mk V template into an early-series Mk II. Below is the Mk V template for comparison. I have a personal preference for the Mk V, which looks like some sort of brutal beast, but I must say the sleek and speedy lines of the Mk II are nice…Continue reading Tempest Mk II template
The Hawker Tempest was one of the fastest fighters of World War II. One of the most famous Tempest pilots was Pierre Clostermann, who scored a total of 33 victories. Tempests were used after the war by Great-Britain, Irak and India but were rapidly replaced by jets. I improved all of my Tempest drawings in…Continue reading Hawker Tempest