A fairly mediocre air-to-air fighter, the Typhoon found fame as an excellent rocket-firing, ground-attack aircraft. It enjoys excellent low-altitude performance. Well-armored, it can sustain a lot of damage. Its firepower has been compared to a broadside volley from a cruiser and is sufficient to penetrate the most heavily-armored tanks. Don't intentionally take the Typhoon into air-to-air combat. It's outclassed by all of the later Luftwaffe fighters. The Typhoon has an inferior climb rate with unsatisfactory high-altitude performance.
The Typhoon accelerates well in a dive, reaching speeds around 500 mph, and subsequently suffering from compressibility problems as the local airflow over the wing approached the speed of sound. Like the P-38, Typhoon pilots need to closely monitor their speed in a dive.
Hawker Typhoon Mk IB (View Cockpit)
Wingspan: 41 ft. 7 in.
Length: 31 ft. 11 in.
Height: 14 ft. 10 in.
Wing Area: 278 sq. ft.
Engine: Napier Sabre IIA rated at 2,200 hp.
Fuel: 154 gal. internal
Loaded Weight: 11,780 lb.
Wing Loading: 42 lb./sq. ft.
Maximum Speed: 412 mph.
Service Ceiling: 34,000 ft.
Rate of Climb: 3,500 ft./min
Combat Radius: 200 miles
Armaments: 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons
Ammunition: 140 rds/gun
Notes: Excelled in maneuverability at low altitudes; adequate at high altitudes. For Fighter Sweeps, Escort Duty and Intercepts, fly these aircraft clean. For Search and Destroy missions, use the eight pack of five-inch rockets to best effect. For Strikes, although each can carry either 500 or 1000 lb. bombs in a dual configuration.