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The Hawker Tempest, produced by Britain, was a progressive development of the Typhoon II fighter. By end of 1947 deliveries of some ex-RAF Tempest IIs were begun to RPAF, these being the first overseas deliveries of the type.
The first fighters of the RPAF comprised some Tempest IIs which had been transferred from India after the partition, to equip Nos. 5 and 9 squadrons. These aircraft were soon used operationally against the dissident Faqir of Ipi's tribesmen.
RPAF Hawker Tempest II cannons being loaded. Tempest II had a tactical radius of action of 420 miles at 400 mph, was armed with four 20mm cannon for air defence or ground attack. [Picture courtesy: Abbas Ali]
     
Rockets being lifted for fitting under the wings of RPAF Hawker Tempest II fighter bomber. [Picture courtesy: Abbas Ali]
RPAF Hawker Tempest II (serial# A130) armed with rockets. Tempest II could carry two 1,000-lb bombs or eight rockets. [Picture courtesy: Abbas Ali]
RPAF Hawker Tempest II (serial# A130) loaded with rockets is flying towards its target for the Air Commanders Trophy competition. [Picture courtesy: Abbas Ali]
     
RPAF Hawker Tempest II being overhauled at RPAF facility in Pakistan in 1948. By the end of 1948 a further 24 Tempests IIs were purchased directly from the United Kingdom. [Picture courtesy: Abbas Ali]
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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