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Hawker Tempest II to fly again

Started by Nick, September 02, 2022, 01:51:18 AM

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Nick

There's a bunch of clever chaps in British Columbia who have advanced beyond being lumberjacks.... they've rebuilt a Hawker Tempest and she should be flying this year  :thumbsup:

KF Aero in Kelowna have taken the parts of Tempest MW376 from a hangar in New Zealand and put her back together again. Many of the original parts had to be remade and some even reinvented. The main difference is they chose not to use the unreliable Bristol Centaurus engine and went for a P&W R2800.

MW376 went to the Indian Air Force in 1948 and was recovered from there in 1979. She then spent 35 years bouncing between several restoration groups until today.
https://www.hawkertempest.se/index.php/survivors/2015-01-19-19-22-20/mw3762

https://www.kfaero.ca/into-the-craft/why-and-how-kf-is-restoring-a-warplane/

https://www.facebook.com/KFhawker  Watch the rollout video here, no need to login.

NARSES2

Possibly my favourite aircraft, so  :bow: to them.
Decals my @r$e!

rickshaw

First time I've ever heard that the Centaurus was "unreliable".  I think the main problem would be lack of spare parts for it...   :banghead:
How to reduce carbon emissions - Tip #1 - Walk to the Bar for drinks.

zenrat

So it's a 1:1 whiff then.

I wonder how much putty they needed to get their cowlings to fit?

Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

NARSES2

Quote from: zenrat on September 03, 2022, 06:08:47 AMI wonder how much putty they needed to get their cowlings to fit?



My thoughts exactly  ;D
Decals my @r$e!

sandiego89

Quote from: rickshaw on September 03, 2022, 05:39:21 AMFirst time I've ever heard that the Centaurus was "unreliable".  I think the main problem would be lack of spare parts for it...   :banghead:

Perhaps a bit of both.  Almost all of the Sea Furys on display (and as racers) have used other engines.  I recall Centaurus reliability was a significant concern in in the Air Racing circuit- and running them at obscene manifold pressures surely did not help. 
Dave "Sandiego89"
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

PR19_Kit

The Centaurus is a sleeve valve engine and almost all the races for those Sea Furies were in the USA.

Nothing else needs be said.  ;D

(and I bet THAT produces some comments........)
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

Regards
Kit

Nick

Quote from: rickshaw on September 03, 2022, 05:39:21 AMFirst time I've ever heard that the Centaurus was "unreliable".  I think the main problem would be lack of spare parts for it...   :banghead:

A little Google suggests that the oil that it needs is no longer made - Aeroshell 100 U. Using other oils led to the engine breaking down earlier. This leads to the idea that the Centaurus is a 'bad engine'.
https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/1441-the-notorious-centaurus

PR19_Kit

It doesn't surprise me they don't make it any more, all the basic components required are extinct I expect!

My Dad's opinion of the Centaurus, compared to a Hercules, was that '.....it has 1000 more cu. ins. capacity, 1000 more horsepower, and a MILLION more oil leaks!'  ;D
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

Regards
Kit

Old Wombat

As a former maintainer of military radial-engined aircraft, all I can say is "If it isn't leaking, it isn't working!" ;D
Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

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