Hawker Tornado (WW II )

Hi all, I'm trying to find some good data on the Roll Royce Vulture engined
Hawker Tornado. I have different sources stating the length of this aircraft
to be 32 feet 6 inches or 32 feet 10 inches. Does anyone here know which is
correct?
The description differs a little as to how the plane differs from the sister
Typhoon, one source states the wing is lowered 3 inches at the front spar,
another that the heigher engine required the engine be moved forward in
ordet to clear the front spar, hence the longer nose. This last description
makes most sence to me, but I would like to know, as I'm trying to convert a
Revell 1:32 Typhoon to the first prototype Tornado with ventral aircooler.
Reply to
Claus Gustafsen
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Wings of Fame #19 has the best single article on the Tornado I've seen. Reagarding the primary structural difference, it reads: " Its Vulture engine, unlike the Sabre, could not be mounted over the wingspar connecting structure, with the result that the tornado's front fuselage was extended a further 1 ft (0.3m) forward and its wings mounted about 3 in (7.62 cm) lowewr on the fuselage than those of the Sabre-engined aircraft." The overall length is given as 32'10". FWIW, the Vulture is 78" long, but I don't know the length of the Sabre.
Mark Schynert
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Mark Schynert
Uhmm, I have a slight problem with that description. I look at a Typhoon and the wing appears to be mounted across the bottom of the fuselage. I would interpret this description as meaning that the Tornado fuselage was 3" deeper than the Typhoon. Right?? Maybe I better go dig out a Typhoon kit!
Bill Shuey
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William H. Shuey
I've got a Maintrack Vulture-Tornado conversion kit--I'll try comparing that with the Academy Typhoon--though there's no guarantee the thing's accurate.
Mark Schynert
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Mark Schynert
Hi Claus,
Acording to Putnam's 'The British Fighter' (p.284-287), it states the dimension of the Tornado as below:
Span: 41ft 11in; Length (Vulture): 32ft 10in; Height (rotol prop) 14ft 8in; Wing area: 283sq ft.
It seems there were 4 aircraft made: P5219 - The first prototype with ventral radiator and small fin and rudder. P5224 - With 'chin' radiator, improved canopy and enlarged fin and rudder. P7936 - Sole Avro-built production Tornado I, employed as propeller test-bed with the photo showing it with a six-blade Rotol contraprop, now there's an interesting conversion. HG641 - Completed from Avro-built components, this was modified for the installation of theCentaurus CE.4S radial engine which was regarded as a 'great improvement' and along with knowledge gained from the Fw190 & BMW 801, led to the development of the Tempest II, and Fury/Sea Fury.
If you wish contact me direct and I'll have a go at providing a copy of photos/drawing, but am not on broadband yet, of the above. Though if you are in the UK I'll be attending the South Shields show this Saturday and can bring the book down.
Cheers, Stephen
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Stephen Leslie
I have seen the 3" lowerin mentioned before, I think in Aeroplane Monthly, but then lowering the whole wing while moving the engine forward to clear the forward main spar? I have trouble beliving they did both.
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Claus Gustafsen

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