The Tempest Mk VI was basically a Tempest V airframe modified to accept the 2,340hp Sabre V engine. Externally similar to the Tempest V, the Mk VI featured wing root air intakes similar to those installed on the Tempest II. The use of wing air intakes, for the oil cooler and carburetor, left the nose area free to house a larger engine coolant radiator.
The Sabre V´s higher power output made it necessary to have this extra cooling which was especially important since the Tempest VI had been selected to be the standard RAF fighter for service in the Middle East.

The Tempest VI prototype (HM595, which had earlier served as the Mk V prototype) was initially tested during February of 1945.


Wing span: 41ft 0in
Wing area: 302 sq ft
Length: 33ft 10,5in
Height (tail down): 16ft 1in
Weight (empty): 9,150lb
Weight (loaded): 11,560lb
Maximum speed: 438 mph at 17,800ft
Time to height: 4,75 mins to 15,000ft
Powerplant: Napier Sabre Mk V
Max power: 2,340hp
Propeller diameter: 4-blade 14ft 0in
Numbers built: 142


Hawker Tempest (4+ Publication)
Typhoon/Tempest in action (Squadron/Signal Publications No 102)
The Typhoon & Tempest Story (Chris Thomas & Christopher Shores)

Latest updates:

Tempest Mk.II MW758

28 Feb 2023
MW758 has moved to a new location, the South Wales Aviation Museum at St Athan.

Read more

Eagles of Destiny

13 Nov 2022
The Eagles of Destiny mini-series covers the early years of Royal Pakistan Air Force, initially while still being ...

Read more

Latest Releases

6 Nov 2022
Tempest II - An illustrated history of the Tempest Mk. II and FlyPast December 2022 added.

Read more

Tempest Mk.II MW376

31 Aug 2022
On 31 August was the roll-out of MW376 which is available for viewing at the KF Centre for Excellence.

Read more