Hawker Tempest V production batches

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    #1 Max89, Jul 9, 2011
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    I'm looking at the two production batches for the Hawker Tempest V. This aircraft has gone through a lot of changes throughout the two batches marked by the serial numbers JNxxx (series 1) and EJxxx (series 2). Among the many changes included the spar structure.

    Here's something on the Tempest V's spar structure taken from Wikipedia...

    When exactly did the change in the spar structure first appear?

    Also in the second paragraph, a "redesigned wing" is mentioned. When did this change occur? I thought that all Tempest V's used the exact same airfoil/wing shape.
     
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    Far as I know without checking, the changes occured from the start of the second production batch. The mention of 'new wing' I think refers to the mods to the rear spar and pick-up points. the general arrangement (of the wing) remaining the same.
    In general, the series ii aircraft can be outwardly distinguished by the lack of protruding cannon barrels, the 'new' wing having the cannon completely enclosed, with the facility of removing them from the trailing edge.
     
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    #3 Max89, Jul 9, 2011
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    So apart from the changes to the rear spar and pick-up points, the thickness and shape of the wing itself remained the exact same for all Tempest V's, correct?
     
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    Correct, and for Tempest II.
     
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    I believe the aerofoil section remained the same, but the forged spar instead of fabricated speeded up production and reduced man hours in construction!

    there were also changes to engine specs and the cannons as mentioned, evolution in design much like most aircraft!
     
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    #6 Max89, Jul 10, 2011
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    What about the clipped wings? Did all Tempests V's have them or was this something that was introduced later on?

    I've tried looking for some Tempest V photos, and there are some in which I can clearly make out the clipped wing, while in others I can't. There are also some Tempest V models that haven't got clipped wings.
     
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    All Tempests had the same, semi-elliptical, clipped wing.
     
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