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Hawker Typhoon,Tempest, Fury & Sea Fury

Discussion in 'The Hawker Range' started by Dave War44, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

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    First conceived in 1937, the Hawker Typhoon was dreamt up by Sidney Camm as the successor to the Hurricane and the Spitfire. The idea was for a larger and more powerful single-seater fighter which could carry a heavier armament for the destruction of bombers. Unfortunately, the Typhoon project was plagued by engine and structural problems from the start, and many pilots lost their lives as a result. The peculiar aerodynamics of the aircraft meant that its awesome speed and armament could only be effective at a lower altitude than the air war was being fought at in the early stages of The War. The eventual outcome, however, was an awesome strike aircraft that would change common conceptions of land warfare.

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    The aircraft eventually evolved into the Hawker Tempest, and, later the Sea Fury. This latter was the fastest single-seater piston-engined fighter ever produced.

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    Sea Fury

    Note the black and whiite bars on the wings of the Sea Fury, they can also be seen in the Typhoon photo. The Typhoon was actually the very first aircraft to have these markings. They were applied after several friendly fire incidents where the Typhoon was mistaken for a particular German fighter, the Focke-Wulf Fw190. Later, these markings were applied to all Allied aircraft which would take part in operation Overlord, which began on D-Day.
     
  2. Kelly War44

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    Excellent read that Davey Lad,
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    Is this one. I think it is.
     
  3. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

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    Cheers Kelly! And yes mate , that's a Typhoon cannon fighter.

    I forgot to list the armament, so here it is:

    TWELVE .303 MGs, or
    FOUR 20mm cannon
    Underwing racks for 8 rockets or 2 1000lb bombs.


    Here's one armed with rockets.
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    The second photo is a wing cam shot of a rocket attack on a convoy of Axis vehicles. It was said that the combined firing of all eight rockets from a Typhoon was so devastating on a target that it was like receiving a direct hit from a salvo of a naval cruiser's six inch guns. I read that the pilots flew by the seats of their pants with immense skill when firing them as there was a delay between the rockets clearing the racks from their front and rear attachments.:eek:
     
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    Great pictures guys, i had film footage (can't seem to find it at the moment) of a Tempest firing its missiles down at a German Convoy, very power tools... ;)
     
  5. Spitfire XIV-E

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    If you listen to the noise of the Sea Fury's engine at an Air Show it is just pure magic. And I beleive it had the same Power Plant as the Typhoon - Napier Sabre
     
  6. Dave War44

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    Plane Spotting

    You Tube has moved on a bit since this thread started. Here are two short ones showing Typhoons in action, possibly the same ones you had Jim?
    As a bit of fun (I didn't spot this btw) but on vid 1, from 17-22 seconds, a Spitfire miraculously mutates into a Mustang !

    [youtube]yMDWbCazb5k[/youtube]

    The second one shows the power and precision of the rocket attacks very well. A YouTube member comments somewhere that by the War's end, the Typhoon was the Allied weapon most feared by the Germans. With the Luftwaffe down, however, I suppose they flew completely unopposed.

    [youtube]HwN3ZvIe6Yc[/youtube]

    There are a few excellent vids of the Sea Fury out there. Here's one where the engine can be heard very well. It's a Bristol Centaurus though, I read that these replaced the unreliable Napier.
    [youtube]xlxtZSxF3pE[/youtube]
     
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    Fantastic find !! :thumb: Yes I think you're right about the Centaurus Engine as the Sabre was another Achilles Heal for the Typhoon. Several times I've seen a Sea Fury at Air Shows and you just have to stand there & listen to that sound. Sends shivers down my spine when I hear that ...
     
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    Check this out - Official RAF Hawker Tempest Mk V recognition film with sound. Very different sound with the Napier Sabre compared to the Bristol Centaurus on the Sea Fury.

    [YOUTUBE]BKq51LdJ-ZU[/YOUTUBE]



    Yay !! :thumb:
     
  9. Cabel1960

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    You need to get the number of the film from youtube so lets say you watch this film h t t p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9RKcoxzGJ4 then you need this number t9RKcoxzGJ4 that you see at the end of the address. Click on the youtube icon just above where you write to make a new post you will then see an open and closed brakets just place the number t9RKcoxzGJ4 in between these quote marks.
    Hope this helps,if not i am sure Jim will put in his help. :thumb: Or someone else.
     
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    Yep that did it. Thanks Stalin :thumb:
     
  11. Dave War44

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    Excellent video from a time when every citizen knew they had a duty to be an ace plane-spotter. And another beautiful aeroplane from Hawker - the Tempest.:thumb: The Napier sounds very distinctive - throaty, and slightly unhinged ! It’s easy to see how any Axis personnel on the ground quickly learned to be very afraid on hearing this sound from the Typhoons.
     
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    Another great Typhoon video here, all screaming Napiers and wing-cam footage of rocket attacks:

    [YOUTUBE]Iffnw_rbB1Q[/YOUTUBE]
     
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    Hawker Typhoon was introduced in 1941.Both Royal Air Force & Royal Canadian Air Force were using this fighter bomber during the second world war.

    lastly, the videos are great to watch.:thumb:
     

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