17 October 2023
What’s believed to be the world’s only airworthy Hawker Tempest made its first flight last week after a 34-year restoration.
The flight of Hawker Tempest Mk.II MW763, registered as G-TEMT, was at Sywell Aerodrome on 10 October 2023. Regular warbird pilot Peter Kynsey flew the aircraft which was then flown to IWM Duxford.
Video by Aviation Highlights
The Tempest was rebuilt by Anglia Aircraft Restorations (which became Air Leasing) at Sywell. The aircraft first rolled off the production line in 1945, too late for action in WWII and went to join the Indian Air Force.
It’s powered by an 18-cylinder 53.6-litre sleeve valve radial Bristol Centaurus V engine delivering around 1880kW (2,520hp).
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