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Aircraft Engines in our Museum Collection

Bristol Hercules

The Hercules was first produced by the Bristol Engine Company in 1939. It is a 14 cylinder, two-row, supercharged, air-cooled, radial engine with a displacement of 38.7 litres. The Hercules…

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Rolls-Royce Merlin 224
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Rolls-Royce Merlin 224

The Battle of Britain was won by the RAF's Fighter Command and the air war then taken to the Nazis by Bomber Command. None of this would have been possible…

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Allison V-1710
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Allison V-1710

The Allison V-1710 was the only American built, liquid-cooled engine to see service during WW II. Originally developed to power dirigibles, the design was modified in 1935 for use in…

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Bristol Mercury XV
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Bristol Mercury XV

The Bristol Airplane Company is probably best known for its larger "sleeve valve" engines such as the 1675 h.p. Hercules which powered the four engined Halifax bomber and Lancaster Mk.…

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Cheetah IX
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Cheetah IX

The Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX was one in a long line of successful engines whose basic design had remained unchanged since 1919. The Cheetah IX was used to power the…

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Curtis-Wright R-2600
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Curtis-Wright R-2600

Developed in the United States in 1937, this engine was first used to power large pre-war flying boats such as the Boeing 314 "Clipper." However, the engine is best known…

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Gypsy I
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Gypsy I

The Gipsy engine was developed in 1927 by De Havilland Aircraft Co and was the company's first engine. The prototype demonstrated its potential when it was tested in a low…

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Gypsy Major-1C
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Gypsy Major-1C

The de Havilland Gipsy Major-1C replaced the Gipsy III version of the engine. The engine established a solid reputation for reliability and long-life. These engines were used in a variety…

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Gpysy Queen
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Gpysy Queen

This de Havilland built engine was initially designated the "Gipsy Six." The RAF began referred to it as the Gipsy Queen and de Havilland eventually adopted the name. The engine…

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Jacobs L-6 MB
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Jacobs L-6 MB

  The "Shakin Jake" or "Shaky Jake," as it was known as during World War II, was the largest American built seven cylinder radial built during the war. In Canada,…

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Kinner B-5
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Kinner B-5

The company name Kinner is synonymous with the five cylinder radial and the design of this American built engine dates back to 1919. They ran with a heavy, throbbing vibration,…

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Menasco Super Pirate D-4
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Menasco Super Pirate D-4

In 1929 Menasco produced the Pirate A-4, an inverted, inline, 4 cylinder engine that provided 90 h.p. Later models had increased displacement and more power. A six cylinder derivative, the…

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