Tempest Mk II

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Tempest Mk II
General characteristics
1 personCrew
6.237 tTake-off weight
6.46 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11800 mCeiling
Bristol Centaurus VEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
879 km/hStructural
361 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
636 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
2 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 3
8 x RP-3 rocketsSetup 4
78000 Rp icon.pngResearch
310000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png12000 / 15432/9130 / 11741/4340 / 5581Repair
90000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1400 Ge icon.pngAces
184 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
320 % Sl icon.png300 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British fighter Tempest Mk II. For other versions, 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 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

The Tempest Mk II is the last propeller-driven aircraft in the Hawker line and is a fitting send-off. With its sleek airframe, extremely powerful Centaurus engine and heavy weight, it holds the highest top speed of any traditional prop aircraft in the game and acceleration to match. However, it only keeps these advantages below 3,000 meters, as above that the engine will asphyxiate and you will notice a drastic decrease in performance.

Boom & Zoom is this aircraft's forté, and is the main way you should fly it. It can easily abuse its brutal speed and acceleration combined with the amazing dive speed and powerful weaponry to blitz any aircraft that it sets its sights on. On the flip side, the heavy weight means it fares very poorly in manoeuvre fights as most propeller aircraft (and some jet-powered ones) will easily turn circles around it.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,658 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 668 653 11800 22.4 23.2 17.2 17.2 452
Upgraded 821 723 20.1 21.0 36.8 23.9


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
879 361 430 430 270 ~14 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 440 < 430 < 530 > 337
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
950 m 2,300 hp 2,829 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,330 m 1,950 hp 2,398 hp

Survivability and armour

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


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Tempest Mk II is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

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

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

Usage in battles

The main tactic for the 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 one of 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.

Versus the Tempest:

There's not much one can do while a Tempest II is diving on your aircraft, as it'll blitz you before you know it and will be gone just as fast. Most smart Tempest pilots stay around 2,500-3,500 meters so they can keep their engine performance and have the ability to abuse their dive speed. If you are able to catch a Tempest mid-turn or if it's unaware of your presence, it becomes significantly easier to take down considering most aircraft at the tier can turn circles around it. Try to catch them in a manoeuvre trap and force them to bleed their speed for an easy kill.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
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 parasitic drag)
  • Excellent acceleration
  • Very high straight-line speed for a propeller-driven aircraft (Fastest infinite WEP prop)
  • Solid firepower
  • Very agile at moderate speeds
  • Reasonably decent roll rate
  • Can land on carriers if absolutely necessary


  • Poor performance at high altitudes
  • Often gets matches with early rank 5 aircraft
  • Sub-par turning radius
  • Difficult to aim at high speed
  • Doesn't climb as well as its German or Italian counterparts


The creation of this plane also came with 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 were 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.


See also

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.

Hawker Aircraft Limited
Biplane Fighters  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II · Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Hurricanes  Hurricane Mk I/L · Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Typhoons  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempests  Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) · Tempest Mk II
Other Fighters  Sea Fury FB 11
Jet Fighters  Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Sea Hawk FGA.6
Export  Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB
Captured  ▀Tempest Mk V

Britain fighters
Fury  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II
Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
Hurricane  Hurricane Mk I/L · Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc
Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Other  MB.5 · Firecrest · Wyvern S4
Australia  ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
France  ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
USA  Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA