A development of the Hawker Typhoon with a thinner semi elliptic wing, two prototypes of the Hawker Tempest was initially ordered under Specification F.10/41 in November 1941 as the Typhoon II, before the numerous changes resulted in the name being changed to Tempest. Designated Tempest Mk I, these featured a longer forward fuselage to hold more fuel, to compensate for the reduction in fuel tankage resulting from the thinner wing, and a 2,340 hp Sabre IV engine with wing leading edge radiators. These were followed by an additional four prototypes, which were ordered to permit the testing of alternative engines. The Tempest was later followed by the Hawker Fury. 
Service with other nationsEdit
Following Indian independence, the Indian Air force received 89 former RAF Tempest II aircraft. 
Pakistan received 24 Tempest IIs.
- ↑ Gunston, Bill. The Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II. Salamander Books. 1988. ISBN 0 86101 390 5
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Salamander Books. 2001. ISBN 0 84065 269 1 Page 288
- ↑ Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. Page 289