The Hawker Tempest was to be an improved Hawker Typhoon. Sydney Camm designed the Tempest.
Initially the design was called the Typhoon Mk II.
The Tempest was to have a new wing and more powerful engine.
The designer of the Hawker Tempest, Sydney Camm, said that he designed the Tempest's particular wing shape because of the RAF's fixation with the Spitfire. The wing was a thin elliptical, laminar flow design.
The forward fuselage contained the Tempest's engine and fuel tanks. It also was formed from a rigid rectangular tubular structure. The rear fuselage was a monocoque structure with oval frames, longitudinal stringer, and stressed skin.
The four bladed propeller, a de Havilland Hydromatic constant speed, was on a large spinner.
The cockpit was a single piece bubble canopy that had bulletproof glass. There was armor plating in front of and behind the pilot.
The tail was a cantilever all metal unit with a dorsal fin extension. The rudder was fabric covered and the tail plane and fin were stress skin covered. All the control surfaces had trim tabs.