Real name: English Electric Lightning
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The E-14 Tempest is what you might call a beginners upgrade. I remember when I first started playing, I was excited that I had the option of upgrading my plane. With the small amount of credits that I had, I had a choice between the Tempest and the F-7 Wraith. At the time, I had no clue on the differences between plane classes so I basically picked which plane I thought was the coolest looking. It turned out to be a mistake. I started flying the Tempest (with 1 or 2 tech upgrades) in versus matches and quickly found that I was getting my ass kicked in a whole variety of ways. The Tempest is just not much of a plane for versus matches and I do not recommend spending much time, credits or coins on this antique.
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Now days, when I see that I am flying up against a Tempest, I lick my chops and get ready to score some kills. With a Hawken, I can usually get 8-10 kills on a Tempest. They are slow and ponderous planes and even though they are defense class, their armor isn't very impressive. The Tempest might be ok for campaign and survivor mode, but if you want to do any type of versus mode dogfighting, forget it. If anyone has anything positive to say about the Tempest, please chime in. My recommendation is to save your credits and coins for a Hawken and don't waste your time with the Tempest. (You will see this similar recommendation for many of the lower cost bargain planes). If you are a beginner and looking to upgrade, go with the F-7 Wraith or if you like speed, stick with the Annihilator and make some upgrades. Either choice would be better than this dog.