Tempest MW376 for sale

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This is the aircraft that was at one time under restoration to fly with Windmill Aviation at Spanhoe Lodge. Nice to see that it's surfaced again.

http://www.airborneattitude.com/projects.html

There's also an airworthy Lockheed 12 for sale on the same site.

http://www.airborneattitude.com/planes.html

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I certainly hope the Tempest finds a good home! Maybe the good folks at Hawker restorations..? Ill get me coat!

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'Outstanding condition'

Not how I remember it - it was stored at HFL for some time in the nineties. Some of the work left a lot to be desired, although some of it was very good!

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Some people will tell you this is an 'unlucky' machine- once owned by the late Nick Grace and then the fellow who got murdered.....

It seems to have regressed, judging from the picture in the advert.

Sorry-this photo is MW763, numbers easily transposed:o

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Could it be dismantled for easier storage? How far did the restoration get?

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Wrong aeroplane - the one in the picture above is still in that state.

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The Tempest is in France, correct?:confused:

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If you open the pdf, it confirms it's in France.

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Yes, but the one shown painted up, assembled and covered is in Lincolnshire.

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OK now I am confused, so the one that is for sale is not the same one that is shown on it's gear then??

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No

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Is this the one that parts were stolen from the restorers some years ago, I think cowlings etc

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Whereabouts in France is MW376 at present?

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I don't know where it is in France but perhaps an E-Mail to the vendors in post #1 might elicit some information?

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The Tempest was part of the late Philippe Denis collection.
The project was initially located at Romans-sur-Isère but according the latest WD, MW376 is now stored at Valence between Lyon and Marseille.

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Propstrike - The Tempest was indeed owned at one stage by Nick Grace and business partner. It was purchased by a syndicate before being sold to the late David Martin who sadly I last spoke to in December 1992. It then passed to Phillipe Denis who later died.

There doesn't thankfully appear to be any correlation in the 'unlucky' bit. David Martin died as a result of a business dispute in no what related to the Tempest - Nick Grace died in a car accident and Phillipe Denis from a heart attack. Non of these events seems to relate to ownership of the Tempest.

I think the aircraft isn't unlucky - the owners are.

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I think the aircraft isn't unlucky - the owners are.

I take your point, but I have decided not to risk it.

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heres the pic from the sale site of MW376 in dissassembled condition

http://www.airborneattitude.com/images/tempest_fuselage_leftfront_02.jpg

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MW376

This surely represents a good project for someone to consider doing a flying re-build on?

I don't know the cost, but surely an unfinished project like this represents the best oportunity to pick one up at a better price?

Let's hope someone with determination and passion for British aviation can buy this and return it to the air. When would have the last Tempest flown? Late 50's, early 60's?

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Which Tempest is at Wickenby and how far away from flying is it? I have allways dreamed seeing a Typhoon or Tempest fly. Oh well, not the typhoon, but the Tempest is great.

Out of interest when did one last fly in this country?

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The fundamental problem with the Tempest - either version is the engine.

As the other thread on Sabre survivors shows, there arent many, and very few that would be good enough to restore to flight status.

With the Centaurus, the Tempest uses a very early version of the engine, which again is a difficult problem to overcome. Not insurmountable - just expensive.

At the end of the day, the Fury/Sea Fury series represent a better and cheaper aeroplane, which I think is why these Tempest survivors have been sidelined.

I'd give it a home, but at what price?

Bruce