Historic Aviation Quiz - Hawker Tempest

Question 1 of 10

Given the designation Design P.1012 by manufacturer Hawker, what did designer Sydney Camm initially call the aeroplane that evolved into the Tempest?

The Sabre fighter
Typhoon II
Hurricane II

Question 2 of 10

Who was at the forefront of the Napier Sabre’s development?

Frank Halford
Hans von Ohain
Frank Whittle
Maxime Guillaume

Question 3 of 10

Tempest Mk.V


On what date did the Tempest Mk.V take to the air for the first time?

January 1, 1943
September 15, 1945
October 3, 1940
September 2, 1942

Question 4 of 10

Which Air Ministry Specification was produced specifically for the Hawker Tempest?


Question 5 of 10

Hawker Tempest


On what date did the type gain its now iconic Tempest moniker?

February 28, 1942
January 1, 1942
March 3, 1942
April 24, 1942

Question 6 of 10

In what year was the Napier  Sabre IIB installed in the Tempest, and how much power did it produce?

1940, 1,000hp
1941, 3,500hp
1945, 1,800hp
1944, 2,400hp

Question 7 of 10

Tempest with ducted spinner


During the mid-1940s, Tempest Mk.II NV768 was fitted with a ducted spinner, but what was its aim?

Preparing the type for a jet engine
Developing a nose mounted canon
Easier access to the type’s engine for maintenance
Investigating streamlining and reducing drag

Question 8 of 10

When asked about the choosing a Spitfire-esque elliptical wing planform for the Tempest, what was Sydney Camm’s response?

The Air Staff wouldn't buy anything that didn't look like a Spitfire!”
“Why else not?”
“I always liked that shape!”
“It was the easiest to build!”

Question 9 of 10

From what airfield did Hawker test pilot Philip Lucas complete the Tempest Mk.V prototype’s first flight?

Boscombe Down
Desford Aerodrome
Hendon Aerodrome

Question 10 of 10

The first production Tempest Mk.V flew for the first time on June 21, 1943 – but who was at the controls?

Philip Stanbury
Eric Greenwood
Bill Humble
Cotes Preedy

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0 > 25%, moderate breeze… 

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 26% > 50%, near gale…

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 51% > 75%, storm!

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76% > 100%, Hurricane force!