Tempest on the deck at Hendon

The world’s only complete Hawker Tempest V/TT5, NV778, took up residence on the floor of the main hall at the RAF Museum London in Hendon during mid-November, having spent the past 14 years suspended from the ceiling in the Milestones of Flight building. The welcome relocation of this November 1944-built fighter means it is available for close inspection for the first time since it was converted from a fighter back to its early-1950s Tempest TT5 target tug configuration at Cardington during the 1990s.

One of the workshops at Parnall Advanced Engineering, with the fuselage frame of Spitfire Vb BL688/G-CJWO Spirit of Truro in the background. EMILY BURLEY Due to arrive at Hendon from the RAF Museum’s Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at Cosford on 3 December was former Red Arrows Hawker Siddeley Gnat T1 XR977. It will go on display in the new ‘RAF First 100 Years’ exhibition in the former Battle of Britain Hall at Hendon, alongside de Havilland DH9A F1010, Supermarine Spitfire Vb BL614, a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II full-scale model, and newly acquired Westland Sea King HAR3 XV585.

The impressive bulk of Tempest TT5 NV778, happily now on display at ground level in the main hall at Hendon.
IAN THIRSK
Gnat T1 XR977 at Cosford in November. It flew with the Red Arrows from April 1976-September 1979.
RAFM