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    Hawker Tempest on the move?

    Just spotted MW763 at Grantham North Services at lunchtime. Passed it again going south with the wings/2nd engine on another flatbed going past Stansted turnoff. Going to North Weald??

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    Is it Weald aviation who service the Rnhf sea fury??

    Would make sense as they have experience with the mighty Centaurus??

    Intriguing!!!!
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    Yes, def North Weald.
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    Finally it looks like she is gonna fly!!!

    Are you allowed to say if it has a new owner??
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    I don't know who the new owner is. I know it's been for sale for a while.
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    Interesting...!
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    It was noted yesterday that a hawker
    tempest has been registered to richard
    grace but he is based out in suffolk and
    not north weald so ??????

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    On the subject of Hawkers, any news on the RAF Museum Typhoon ?

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    Different Tempests. MW763 is a Mk2. The other is a Mk5. That said, using one to build the other would save a bit of time to say the least!


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    Rjfo


    For some reason not letting me upload pictures

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    Warning: massive drooling detected.

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    My, that was quick!!
    Yes, it does have a new owner and is to be completed to fly by Weald Aviation, who as Mark said, maintain the Sea Fury T20 for the navy heritage trust.
    Will post picks as the dust settles. Been a busy few days
    Flying must be easy. If it was difficult, groundcrew would have to do it!

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    Couple of pics






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    Very nice thank you for posting

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    Er.....anybody notice anything strange about that engine? But great pictures; thanks for posting!

    This is all very exciting; the prospect of something genuinely different in the skies. Can anybody give us a brief history of this aircraft; I'm not even sure what mark we are looking at?

    Sorry, reading above, MW763 is a mark 2.....so Centaurus engine then?
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    I think the Centaurus and the wings were on a different truck. I'm guessing the P&W was sold with it.
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    Confirmed I caught up with the convoy as I turned off the M11 at the Stansted turnoff. The wings and engine were on a second flatbed trailer
    Last edited by Peter; 16th May 2014 at 13:20.

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    P&W ??? Will your CAA allow it to fly with an "experimental" engine installation? Don't get me wrong, I cant wait to see it fly but I am keen to find out more re the engine installation!!!! Centaurus' rule!!Pete

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    I believe she will have a Centaurus fitted up front. I'm guessing the P&W is a spare.
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    Autokraft were going to do two Tempests-one fitted with an American radial but when they finished the two projects moved on to Hemswell and the idea was shelved . The machine at North Weald has always been intended for a Bristol .

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    Fear not Pete, it will be fitted with the correct type of Centaurus. The 2 P&Ws came with the project. Presumably to cater for the american market option.
    A more extended coverage will probably be provided as it progresses by trevor on the North Weald diary thread.
    In the meantime, a couple from me
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    Flying must be easy. If it was difficult, groundcrew would have to do it!

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    Unless those P&W's are R3350 Wright Cyclones or at the very least C model R2800 Pratts à la Corsair F4U-4 (can be rare) they would be a bit underpowered for the Tempest I would guess. But I can't wait
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    I stand corrected TN, they are in fact 3350s
    Flying must be easy. If it was difficult, groundcrew would have to do it!

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    Thanks Easy Tiger. She is a big aeroplane not far of the size of the thunderbolt. I have known several pilots who flew the Tempest (all sadly gone now) and all loved it. Funny thing was not a single one was any more concerned about flying the Tempest with a sabre than flying any of the Merlin powered aircraft of the day. One also flew the Tempest II post war and thought it a step up from the V.
    TN

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    sander's seafury seems to do ok with an r2800
    http://www.sandersaircraft.com/aircraft_argonaut.asp

    glad to see that she is finally moving forward again,will be great to hear of her first flight.

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    Thanks ET, have seen a few Centaurus but never a Mk 5 with the carb on the back, I assume Nixons are doing the engine or at least they were, will that change? Did Gerry have any Tempest sections or parts left after this rebuild, I have made some enquiries but there is no real confirmation that there might be more. Really looking forward to seeing this one progress, cheers, Pete

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    A project from Gerry headed out to the U.S . Whether it returns to flight remains to be seen .

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