Hawker Tempest Mk V - something of the brute power of this aircraft comes over in this photo: it's 2235 hp was more than any other WW2 piston engined fighter, and it was capable of over 450 mph in level flight.

Hawker Tempest Mk V - something of the brute power of this aircraft comes over in this photo: it's 2235 hp was more than any other WW2 piston engined fighter, and it was capable of over 450 mph in level flight.

This pair of Mk. V Hawker Tempest's  demonstrate the two different power plants tried out. Nearest is an experimental machine fitted with an annular radiator for its Sabre engine, while EJ 823 was a standard in service version with a Napier Sabre engine with the well known "beard" radiator.

This pair of Mk. V Hawker Tempest's demonstrate the two different power plants tried out. Nearest is an experimental machine fitted with an annular radiator for its Sabre engine, while EJ 823 was a standard in service version with a Napier Sabre engine with the well known "beard" radiator.

Sort of a “super” Typhoon, the Hawker Tempest had unbelievable technical qualities for a World War 2 airplane. Starting in 1944, it became what was probably the best British propeller fighter aircraft of the war. Thanks to its capacities, the Tempest was responsible for the loss of twenty German Me 262 (the first operational jet aircraft).

Sort of a “super” Typhoon, the Hawker Tempest had unbelievable technical qualities for a World War 2 airplane. Starting in 1944, it became what was probably the best British propeller fighter aircraft of the war. Thanks to its capacities, the Tempest was responsible for the loss of twenty German Me 262 (the first operational jet aircraft).

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: HAWKER TEMPEST. Tempest Mark V protoype, HM595: cockpit interior, port front. Photograph taken at Hawker Aircraft Ltd, Langley, Berkshire

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: HAWKER TEMPEST. Tempest Mark V protoype, HM595: cockpit interior, port front. Photograph taken at Hawker Aircraft Ltd, Langley, Berkshire

Hawker Tempest.  This aircraft was an improvement on the Hawker Typhoon.

Hawker Tempest. This aircraft was an improvement on the Hawker Typhoon.

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