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Aircraft Engines

ABC Wasp

ABC Wasp

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1916
Horsepower: 170
RPM: 1750
Weight: 290 lbs
Displacement: 667 cu. in.
Configuration: 7 cylinder radial air-cooled
Used in: Westland Wagtail, Sopwith Snail

Description: The ABC was one of the first large stationary air-cooled radials. The temper-mental engine had the best power-to-weight ratio of any engine to date. This advanced stationary radial engine concept prompted the design of the larger 302 HP Dragonfly version which was a failure.




Country: France
Year: 1915
Horsepower: 100-110
RPM: 1,150
Weight: 308 lbs
Displacement: 739 cu. in.
Configuration: 10 cylinder radial, air-cooled
Used in: Caudron G.III & G.IV

Description: Motorcycle builder Alessandro Anzani produced the first practical static radial, air-cooled aircraft engine in 1909. By 1913 he had seven engine designs available including a 2-row, 10 cylinder version.


Armstrong-Siddely GenetArmstrong-Siddely Genet

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1926
Horsepower: 82
RPM: 2200
Weight: 203 lbs
Displacement: 251 cu. in.
Configuration: 5 cylinder radial, air-cooled
Used in: Nicholas-Beazley

Description: The Genet was one of numerous designs produced by Armstrong-Siddely from 1917 through the 1950s. This example is seen fitted to the museum’s Nicholas Beazley NB-8G.



Arrow Model F

Country: United States
Year: 1935
Horsepower: 82
RPM: 3,075
Weight: 402 lbs
Displacement: 221 cu. in.
Configuration: V-8 liquid cooled
Used in: Arrow Sport F

Description: This engine was developed from the Ford V-8 automobile engine and was approved for aircraft use after stringent govern- ment testing. The Arrow Sport aircraft (for which it was produced) used a pull-starter in the cockpit similar to the type found on a lawnmower.



Cirrus Minor

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1925
Horsepower: 90
RPM: 2,600
Weight: 205 lbs
Displacement: 220 cu. in.
Configuration: 4 cylinder in-line, air-cooled
Used in: Avro Avian III, De Havilland Moth Minor

Description: The Cirrus was considered to be the first of the four-cylinder in-lines to move significantly from the technology of the First World War. Some were produced under license in the U.S. for use in Great Lakes trainers.



Clerget 9B

Country: France
Year: 1917
Horsepower: 130
RPM: 1250
Weight: 992 lbs
Displacement: 381 cu. in.
Configuration: 9 cylinder rotary, air-cooled
Used in: Sopwith Camel, Triplane,Baby & 1-1/2 Strutter

Description: The Clerget was a well-engineered engine, but the 9B suffered from overheating problems. Gwynnes Ltd. in London (known to produce the finest engines of this type) built the example on display.


Continental A-40

Continental A-40

Country: United States
Year: 1931
Horsepower: 37
RPM: 2250
Weight: 144 lbs
Displacement: 115 cu. in.
Configuration: 4 cylinder opposed, air-cooled
Used in: Taylor E-2 Cub, Piper J-2 Cub

Description: The A-40 was responsible for keeping private flying alive during the Depression more than any other aircraft engine. It was also considered to be the simplest four-stroke aircraft engine ever built.


Continental W-670Continental W-670

Country: United States
Year: 1934
Horsepower: 210-240
RPM: 2200
Weight: 415 lbs
Displacement: 668 cu. in.
Configuration: 7 cylinder radial, air cooled
Used in: Stearman PT-17, Waco UPF-7, N3N

Description: Originating in the mid-thirties, the W-670 was updated through the Second World War and was widely used in primary training aircraft of the U.S. military. In the post-war years many were used in crop-dusters. A slightly different version of the W-670 was developed for use in tanks.




Country: United States
Year: 1908
Horsepower: 25
RPM: 1200
Weight: 192 lbs
Displacement: 300 cu. in.
Configuration: 4 cylinder in-line, liquid cooled

Description: Glenn Curtiss, noted designer and builder of racing motorcycles, was lured into the world of aviation by Army Captain Thomas Scott Baldwin when asked to build an engine to power Baldwin’s dirigible. Curtiss’ engine ran continuously for 2 hours and pulled the airship along at 23 m.p.h. (three times faster than the Army contract required!). A similar Curtiss engine was used to power the first aircraft sold in the United States. (Baldwin’s engine: 4 cylinder E-4)


Curtiss C-6

Curtiss C-6

Country: United States
Year: 1918
Horsepower: 160
RPM: 1750
Weight: 448 lbs
Displacement: 573 cu. in.
Configuration: 6 cylinder in-line, liquid-cooled
Used in: Walter Beech’s early Travel-Air 2000, Curtiss Seagull

Description: An excellent post-war effort, but could not compete in price with new surplus OX-5 engines which were selling for as little as $50.


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