Tempest Mk V
|This page is about the aircraft Tempest Mk V. For other uses, see Tempest (Disambiguation)|
The Tempest Mk V is a Rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 473||< 490||< 530||> 350|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,447 m||2,085 hp||2,585 hp|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|4,981 m||1,735 hp||2,151 hp|
Survivability and armour
- No armour plating
- No armour glazing
- Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
- More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
The Tempest Mk V is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, wing-mounted (200 RPG = 800 total)
The Tempest Mk V can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- Without load
- 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
- 2 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
- 2 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs
- 8 x RP-3 rockets
Usage in the battles
Climb with your team as high as you can muster (<4,000 m) and proceed to feast on anything the Spitfires above drop from their clouds. Speed is life and should never be wasted. Maintaining its velocity is the way of the Tempest in realistic battles.
The Tempest Mk. V excels at low to medium altitude battles, performing both as a Boom'n'Zoomer, ground attacker or energy fighter. To efficiently utilise its full engine power, do not get above 6,000 m or 19,000 ft, as the engine power drops significantly beyond that point. However, due to the supercharged engine, it outperforms aircraft like the Fw 190 D-9 by far at high altitudes (over 7,600 m or 25,000 ft) but gets obliterated by Ta 152Hs and some Bf 109 models, such as the K-4s and G-10s. To counter the BF109K-4, pilot Pierre Clostermann was quoted as saying:
"Tempest V. Messerschmitts: I kept on reminding my pilots to keep their speed above 300 m.p.h., for "109's" could turn better than we could at low speed, and you had to watch out for the 30 mm cannon in their propeller - it didn't give you a second chance. The best technique was to do a spiral dive, work up to a speed of 450 m.p.h., do a straight climb and then start all over again. The "109's" on the other hand, knowing that we dived faster than they did, tried to get us up to 16,000 feet, where our Tempests were heavy and our engines sluggish."
In arcade battles, stick with WEP on and Boom & Zoom tactics. On realistic you can try the above strategy, but you may find that due to mouse aim some adaptations must be implemented. Don't lose sight of your attacker and be on guard for when his cannon fires. As soon as you see the barrel flash, you have about 0.7 seconds to take your plane out of the way, depending on the distance. At that point, you can throw off his aim by performing a low Yo-Yo to gain more speed and proceed to zoom away if you're below 3,000 m or 10,000 ft, because at this altitude your engine should provide enough power for you to outrun the BF109K-4 or G-10. However, you may find that the Tempest Mk.V is a cinder brick because you accelerate stupidly fast diving straight to the ground. When in trouble at high heights, dive like there is no tomorrow.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Powerful engine providing both great acceleration and top speed below 3 km altitude
- Powerful armament with lots of ammo allowing to stay a long time in battle and ability to take out even four-engined bombers easily
- Excellent acceleration in dive
- Pretty good manoeuvrability at high speeds
- Poor engine performance at high altitudes
- Not good manoeuvrability at low speeds
- High repair costs
From its initial conception, the Hawker Tempest was conceived of as a replacement for the Typhoon, a fighter-bomber created by the Hawker company in 1941. The Typhoon had many deficiencies such as an unreliable engine, insufficient structural strength leading in some cases to the entire tail detaching, a sub-standard rate of climb and poor high altitude performance. Because of these, it could not compete with the latest fighter of the time, the German Focke-Wolf FW190, and the Typhoon’s was removed from its planned role as an interceptor and used mainly for ground strike missions. The Tempest prototype, first flown in February 1943, inherited some of the traits of its older brother, but experts took into account Hawker’s negative experience and did their best to refine the aerodynamic shape of the new aircraft. The wing was slightly shorter, the profile more slender, and the back edge elliptical. Compensating the fuel capacity lost in the newly designed, thinner wings, came in the way of adding another fuel tank to the fuselage which accounted for the increased length of the aircraft. Consequently, the tail section was also modified, most noticeably by a fairing fitted to the vertical fin’s leading edge and an increase of the tailplane chord.
Due to the unavailability of Napier Sabre Mk IV engine, which was supposed to keep the new aircraft from having the Typhoon’s “beard” radiator, the same Sabre Mk IIA engine, rated at 2,180 HP, had to be installed along with a four-bladed de Havilland propeller. On the first batch of Tempests (100 aircraft) the armament stayed unchanged, but subsequent fighters had the long-barrelled Hispano Mk II gun replaced with the more rapid and light Hispano Mk V. The ammunition was also increased from 140 to 150 rounds per gun. Thanks to the strength of its wings, the aircraft could carry a substantial bomb load or two 500 lb or 1000 lb bombs, two 45 or 90-gallon fuel tanks, or eight 76mm rockets. The Tempest proved far more successful and popular with its pilots than the Typhoon, eliminating its predecessor’s shortcomings.
Front line service for the Tempest began in April 1944, when 50 Tempest Mk Vs formed the first Tempest Wing at Newchurch. The Tempest Wing was particularly active in the build-up to D-Day, but when the first German V-1 flying bombs began to fall on British soil, the Tempest was found to be one of the only fighters fast enough to counter the new threat. Fast, manoeuvrable and heavily armed, the Tempest was also able to prove a threat to the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter by destroying a total of 20 262s. Some 1,700 Tempests were manufactured until the aircraft was phased out of service with the RAF in 1949.
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