Hawker Typhoon


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Sabre 11A
2,180 hp
4- 20 mm
1,000 lbs.
8,800 lbs.
13,250 lbs.
31 ft. 11 in.
41 ft. 7 in.
330 mph
412 mph
2,650 fpm
35,200 feet
600 miles

Hawker Typhoon

Hawker Typhoon

The Hawker Typhoon was originally conceived as a bomber interceptor.  It went on to become one of the most effective World War Two fighter bomber aircraft of the RAF.

The Hawker Typhoon originated with the desire of the British Air Ministry to utilize the powerful, new, Rolls Royce/Napier Sabre 2,000 hp engine in a fighter aircraft. Unfortunately, the engine was introduced prematurely and initially had a multitude of mechanical difficulties. The new aircraft did not have the high altitude performance and climb rate expected of an interceptor. However, at low altitudes, it was capable of 400 mph plus performance.

In addition to engine problems, initially the Hawker Typhoon had a fatal structural weakness causing the elevator to experience massive flutter when pulling out of a dive. Upgrades were made to the engine and fuselage and these problems were overcome, but not without some trade-offs.  Its rate of climb diminished, along with its high altitude performance.

The Hawker Typhoon gained popularity when, within days after being deployed, they downed four Luftwaffe fighters which were making low level raids on Britain's south coast.  The aircraft's aggressive looks, enhanced by the radiator bulge beneath its propeller, endeared it to the British public.

Hawker Typhoon pilots appreciated the stability of the aircraft throughout its flight envelope. They found the aircraft among the best for putting its cannons on target.

The Hawker Typhoon became more stable and responsive to control inputs as its speed increased. Its landing speed when fuel and ordnance were expended after a mission, with flaps extended, was about 75 mph. Take off rotation speed, when fully loaded for a mission, was at about 110 mph.

Hawker Typhoon aircraft were successfully employed in night raids over France in November of 1942. After that success they were used during daylight on raids of German air fields, highways, shipping, bridges, and railroads.

The Hawker Typhoon was fitted with rockets in late 1943. It used these to advantage against German ground targets, particularly radar and communications facilities in France and the Low Countries in preparation for D-Day.

A total of over 3,300 Hawker Typhoon aircraft of all types were produced through Nov. of 1945 when production ended.

Only a single Hawker Typhoon, still in its original form, survives to date.  It is on display at the RAF Museum.

RC Hawker Typhoon - FMS
RC Hawker Typhoon

The RC Hawker Typhoon from FMS is PNP with a wingspan of 43 in. and length of 33 in. It features retracts, flaps, and a 3536- 850 kV motor turning a l0.5 x 7 three bladed prop.  All up weight should is around 3 lbs.

Wowplanes has a RC Hawker Typhoon kit. It is a foamy with a 62 1/2 in. wingspan and weight of about 8 1/2 lbs. You can power it with .40 to .60 2C engines or equivalent electric motors.

Tony Nijhuis Designs has plans and a short kit of the RC Hawker Typhoon. Its wingspan is 62 in. and length 48 1/2 in. Construction materials are balsa and plywood. It needs a .61 two stroke engine or a 4-Max motor for power. Weight is around 7 lbs.