Now that's what I call a "going
machine". 2,500 hp of sheer brute force powered this, one
fastest piston engined
fighters ever manufactured in quantity. Unfortunately, this
Bristol Centaurus V
powered beauty was produced too
late to see operations in WW II. Had it done so, it would have
been used in the Pacific theater and would clearly
have decimated anything the Japanese could have
against it at the time. 452 Tempest IIs were built, most of
them as fighter-bomber FB.IIs.
Many were passed to both
the Indian Air Force and Pakistani Air Force in 1947.