Cutaway Thursday: Hawker Typhoon


Perhaps better known as the Tiffy to our cousins across the pond, this week, 24 February 1940, to be exact, marked the 74th anniversary of her first flight.

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5 responses to “Cutaway Thursday: Hawker Typhoon

  1. Al_in_Ottawa

    The only surviving Typhoon is being sent from England to be displayed at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa in time for the anniversary of D-Day. If you’re planning a vacation to the north, you might want to include that in your itinerary.

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  2. captainned

    To hear a Napier Sabre in full song once again …

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  3. Al_in_Ottawa

    The Typhoon (MN235 I think) is static display only. The good news is it’s in Canada for three years. If you want to hear a Napier-Sabre in flight you’ll have to settle for a Tempest, apparently two are being restored to fly.
    http://www.hawkertempest.se/Summary.htm

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  4. I was wondering when someone was going to mention the Tempest, as well as the Fury. :) The latter is about a good a plane as the F8F.

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  5. captainned

    And both the Sea Fury and F8F are regular entrants in the Unlimited class at the annual Reno Air Races. The big problem is that for radial-powered planes (Sea Furies ran Bristol Centarus sleeve-valve radials and the Bearcat continued the Navy tradition) most everyone yanks the original and slots in a Wright R3350 (B-29 engine) or a P&W R4360 (B-36 engine). The inline group may go from Merlin to Griffon for some extra displacement, but beyond that it’s crazy-high manifold pressures. Jack Roush may be a NASCAR guy, but I’ve got to think that his Allison/Merlin/Griffon rebuild/parts services bring in some serious coin.

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