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Tempest Mk.II HA591, ex-RAF MW810, as found at Poona in India in 1979.





Summary of History






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


May 1948

Bought by Hawker from RAF surplus stocks, refurbished and sold to India.

MW810 -> HA591


Delivered to Indian Air Force.



Recovered by Warbirds of GB Ltd, Blackbushe.



E. Nick Grace/Tangmere Flight, 1980.


1 July 1986-1990

New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT USA.



Nelson Ezell, Texas USA/Restoration to fly



Restoration progress reports:



In September 2005 The Ezell Aviation Team reports:

The Webmaster was in contact with The Ezell Aviation Team in September 2005 and received some news. "The Flying Bulls P-38", which is the current project, has become a "time is of the essence" project. Therefore, all available resources are concentrated on it right now. The Tempest, being a non-paying job, has to be relegated to "back burner" at the moment. The P-38 should be completed before mid term 2007. At that time, maybe they will have the resources to start work again and complete the Tempest. It will not be original, but it will be flying.


In April 2009 the Webmaster reports:

Has this project finally started? Well, have a look on these photos from Ezell Aviation's website: The Webmaster is trying to get in contact with Ezell for more information.

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In November 2015 the Webmaster reports:

These photos are a few years old, but show there is some progress at least! Thanks to Ezell Aviation for the permission to publish them.

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On 7 January 2016 The Ezell Aviation reports:

Nelson's Tempest got some attention over the holidays.

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While waiting for Tempest news, have a look at Ezell Aviation's website (click the logo below):

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The Ezell Aviation Team
via Peter Arnold
© Mark Morris
© Den Pascoe
Chris Thomas
The Ezell Aviation Team

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