Hawker Tornado: Gone with the wind.

Conceived in parallel with the Hawker Typhoon to replace the Hurricane, the Tornado had in essence the shame airframe but powered by a RR Vulture instead of the Typhoon’s Sabre. Intended for production,the cancellation by Rolls-Royce in 1941 of further development of their Vulture put an end to its posible future. The Vulture was suffering serious technical problems and its manufacturers decided, wisely, to concentrate in their war-winning Merlin.

Not easy to cowl the Vulture unusual X-24 engine configuration. The Hawker people did it magnificently with their Tornado. The first prototype (P5219) with its original ventral radiator here. Due to airflow problems a large chin radiator similar to Typhoon’s was used later.


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