Hawker Tempest

Somewhere on the Eastern Coast of the United States, in the tiny "First State" of Delaware, and in an typical 'cookie cutter' single family home is a piece of IAF Warbird History that one least expects it to be.  Displayed on the wall of a garage are four aluminium panels, each almost 12 feet long - that used to form the left side of the rear fuselage of a WW2 era Hawker Tempest II fighter. Still faintly visible on these panels are the remants of the Indian Air Force Orange Green roundel and the faint tracings of the tail number HA557 - still clearly visible.

Tempestous Times By K Sree Kumar
Hawker Tempest II HA-623 is one of the eight surviving Tempests in the world. This example is preserved in the IAF Museum in Palam. Pic Courtesy: Simon Watson 

 

Hawker Tempest II PR-536 on display at RAF Hendon Museum was previously HA-457 with the Indian Air Force. the world.  

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