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Hawker Typhoon - British WWII  fighter-bomber

Hawker Typhoon - British Fighter-bomber

Originally intended as the replacement for the Spitfire, the Hawker Typhoon experienced early difficulties with carbon monoxide leakage into the cockpit, vibration induced failure of the tail unit, and enormously increased drag over 400 mph by the thick wings.


By late 1942 the Typhoon entered service as a mid level and low level fighter, sporting black and white stripes on the lower wings to distinguish the plane to allied anti-aircraft units from the German Fock-Wulf 190. Soon the thick wings of the Typhoon were turned to advantage and the plane was being outfitted as a fighter bomber. By October of 1943 the plane was fitted with rockets to play it’s most well known ground attack role.


Although very effective against trains, trucks, wagons, artillery, half tracks, armored cars and infantry, the Typhoon only rarely destroyed German heavy tanks. Only the engine doors and tread of the heavy tanks were vulnerable to the rockets and 20 mm canon fire of the Hawker Typhoon. 3,330 Hawker Typhoons were built. Photo: IWM FLM 1461 from the Imperial War Museum Collections.


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Typhoon rocket - WWII.

Hawker Typhoon

A rocket being fired from a Hawker Typhoon at a ground target. This is photograph No. IWM FLM 1461 from the Imperial War Museum Collections.


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* Hawker Typhoon facts

Category Ffighter- bomber
Manufacturer Hawker Aircraft/Gloster
Introduced 1941
Used in WW II by

Royal Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Number built 3,330
Cruising speed 330 mph
Max. speed 405 mph
Altitude 34,000 feet service ceiling
Range 610 miles
* Numbers are approximate.

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