Tempest Mk II

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Tempest Mk II
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.5 tEmpty weight
6.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
11 800 mCeiling
sec22.4/22.4/21.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Bristol Centaurus VEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
879 km/hStructural
361 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
636 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
2 х M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 3
8 х RP-3 rocketsSetup 4
78 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
310 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8 930 / 11 483/10 330 / 13 284/4 770 / 6 134Repair
90 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.84 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British fighter Tempest Mk II. For other uses, see Tempest (Family).


GarageImage Tempest Mk II.jpg

The Tempest Mk II is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/SB) and 6.0 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,658 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
663 649 11,800 22.7 23.2 17.2 17.2 452
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,658 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11,800  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 452


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
822 340  ??? ~11 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 473 < 490 < 530 > 550
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
980 m 2,150 hp 2,857 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,200 m 1,995 hp 2,574 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 16.9 mm Steel - Armor plate behind pilot's seat and headrest
  • 44.5 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Tempest Mk II is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannon, wing-mounted (Left (162 rpg inner + 156 rpg outer) + Right (162 rpg outer + 156 rpg inner) = 636 total)

Suspended armament

      Main article: Bombs, Rockets

The Tempest Mk II can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
  • 2 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in the battles

The main tactic for Tempest II is high-speed combat. With a weight of over 5,000 kg, and a peak WEP power of 2,500 HP it can accelerate very fast in a dive. This means that less altitude is traded for the same gain in speed compared to other props.

The second main benefit from the extra weight is that the plane can hold the speed gained from a dive for a long time. Additionally, the plane has a very sleek airframe, which means that its top speed is the highest of any prop in the game.

Considering this data, the plane should be flown in high-speed shallow manoeuvres.

Against jets, the tactics are reversed. Jets are faster and heavier, thus shallow angles should be avoided. Steep angle energy fighting and turn fighting should be applied. Few exceptions against jets should be made. The Ho 229 will out turn the Tempest II, but upwards spirals at high speed are an effective way to burn away the 229’s energy and they are easily trapped.

The second exception is the Meteor F Mk.3. This plane outperforms or is on par in every aspect except for, hilariously enough, top speed on the deck.

The third and last are the Yak-15/17. They turn better, but their diving speed is a lot lower than the Tempest II’s.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator HSBC mk.2
II Compressor Airframe HMBC mk.2
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 20 mm HLBC mk.2
IV 150 Octane Fuel Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons HRC mk.8

Pros and cons


  • Strong engine providing excellent performance below 3,000 m/9,840 ft
  • Dives very well (low parasite drag)
  • Very high straight-line speed for a propeller-driven aircraft
  • Good firepower
  • Very agile at moderate speeds


  • Poor performance at high altitudes
  • Often gets matches with early rank 5 aircraft


The creation of this plane also came with it's an older counterpart, the Tempest Mk V. The Mk II has a different engine than the Mk V which is why they seem different. The Mk II's used later in the war than the Mk V's.

In-game description

The Hawker Tempest Mk.II was a single seat fighter powered by a single Bristol Centaurus radial engine. After the Hawker Typhoon had proved unsatisfactory in its originally intended role as an interceptor, Hawker continued their work on viable options for a replacement aircraft.

The Hawker Tornado project had been run with two separate engine options concurrently; after the Tornado was cancelled the idea of trialing two separate engines was applied to Hawker’s new venture, then entitled the Typhoon II. After major design changes and with a perceived lack of confidence in the Typhoon name, the aircraft was designated the Tempest. The original prototypes were planned as the Tempest I with the Sabre IV engine and the Tempest V with the Sabre II. Shortly after this, two Tempest Mk.IIs were ordered with the 18 cylinder Bristol Centaurus engine, rated at 2520 hp. An order for 500 Tempest IIs was placed in October 1942, before the prototype had even first taken to the air. The first flight occurred in June 1943 before the Bristol Aeroplane Company began production, completing construction of its first example in October 1944, joining the two prototypes to continue trials. After delays in the Tempest II program the aircraft type was originally intended for use against the Japanese in the Far East but entered service just too late for the operations in the Second World War.

The first two Tempest II squadrons were No.54 and No.247 in autumn 1945. Only two squadrons of Tempest IIs operated from the UK mainland itself. With the war’s end the demand for high numbers of Hawker’s new fighter no longer remained and aircraft contracts were reduced significantly. Whilst ‘Tiger Force’ – the planned force for the Far East – had been cancelled, the RAF still opted to deploy 180 Tempest IIs to the Far East between 1946 and 1947. Four squadrons were stood up in India and used in policing actions in the local area before the aircraft were handed over to the Royal Indian Air Force. The Tempest II was also used as part of the British Forces of Occupation in Germany until July 1949. Only 552 Tempest IIs were built, serving with the RAF, India and Pakistan.


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