Hawker Tempest Mk.II MW404

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Summary of History

 
Date Note Code/Serial

1945

Built at Hawker Aircraft Ltd at Langley (Contract ACFT/2438/C.23(a))

MW404

Aug 1945

No. 247 Sqn, Chilbolton

MW404

May 1948

Bought by Hawker Aircraft Ltd from RAF stock at 20 MU, refurbished 

MW404 --> HA557

1948

Delivered to Indian AF

HA557

1979

Recovered by Warbirds of GB Ltd, Blackbushe.

MW404

1988

James Horsley, UK

MW404

2012

Chris Miller, TX USA/Restoration to fly

MW404

 

Restoration progress reports: 

In November 2011 Trev Davies reports:

Trev Davies reports MW404 has appeared in Parkhouse Aviation's yard at Booker on 25th November 2011. The serial & Indian Air Force roundel, albeit faded, can still be seen on the fuselage.

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In March 2012 Trev Davies reports:

A chance taken to get an uncluttered shot of MW404/HA557,in the process of being moved around from inside Parkhouse Aviation's yard, prior to being crated for onward shipment.

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On 24 March 2012 Trev Davies reports:

MW404 is now confirmed to has been sold to Chris Miller, TX USA. Trev Davies reports that MW404 on March 23 still was in the yard at Booker.

Chris Miller reports:

"The Tempest has been bought and is in England awaiting shipment to Houston, TX. We wish to restore the aircraft to airworthy. We have many parts already!  We will give you detailed updates as information becomes available!

Sincerely,

Chris S. Miller"

In October 2012 Chris Miller reports:

 "We are really excited to report that restoration of Hawker Tempest II s/n MW404 is underway to airworthy condition.
Tempest II S/N MW404 arrived safely into the hangar in a 40' shipping container on June 15th 2012 after taking 1 month to clear customs after entry on May 18 2012. After aircraft was delivered to hangar disassembly has begun. The plane overall is in excellent condition, some surface and intergranular corrosion is present."

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In July 2013 Chris Miller reports:

"Last weekend I removed a panel held on by approximately 1000 rivets. This panel needed to be removed in order to replace the stringers which are all corroded. Surface corrosion can be seen on bulkheads in photo. Canopy Plexiglass is now completely shiny and clear! Thanks to Rick Siciliano for his dilligent work on it!"

 

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In March 2014 Chris Miller reports:

"Pulling out 150lbs of armor plate and 13' Diameter Aeroproducts Propeller!"

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In October 2014 Chris Miller reports:

"Tempest progress: panel #5 going in this weekend, I have 7 more to go! Each panel takes around 3 weekends to get it done."

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In December 2014 Chris Miller reports:

"Latest Tempest progress!"

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On 11 May 2015 Chris Miller reports:

"More Tempest progress!"

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On 2 March 2016 Chris Miller reports:

"Entire rear fuselage is reskinned, but details remain."

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On 16 January 2017 Chris Miller reports:

"I put around 250 rivets in the rear bulkhead this weekend, and then removed it from the rear jig. Once I get the rear fuselage done I will start on the forward fuselage."

 

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In October 2017 Chris Miller reports:

"Wing restoration in progress!"

 

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Photos:
Chris S. Miller
Trev Davies
Ian Wilkinson
Redspan Solutions Ltd
Text:
Chris S. Miller
Trev Davies