Restoration Scene: Tempting Reality

The ‘carrot’ of an airworthy Hawker Tempest has been dangling for years. However, it appears the dream will finally come true, as Air Leasing’s Richard Grace reveals to Darren Harbar

Fresh out of the paint booth, the Tempest represents 33 Squadron’s PR533, which flew in Malaya wearing this most attractive sprayed aluminium scheme.
PHOTOS DARREN HARBAR • KEY COLLECTION • RICHARD GRACE COLLECTION

Just a few years back, FlyPast reported that a Hawker Tempest Mk.II powered by a Bristol Centaurus engine was destined to return to UK skies. This was as a result of a restoration led by Weald Aviation Services at North Weald, Essex (see September 2014 issue).

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