Have you ever wondered about the rockets, propellors and other aviation artifacts within Howe Hall? Learn more about our collection by clicking on the videos below.
Junkers Jumo 004
The Junkers Jumo 004 was the first mass-produced, operational turbojet engine. It was the first turbojet in the world with axial compressors, afterburning, and a variable exhaust nozzle. The engine powered the ME 262, which was first flown with jet engines July 18, 1942. It also powered the Arado 234, the first operational jet bomber and reconnaissance airplane.
Le Blond 60
The Le Blond 60 engine was introduced in 1928 as a modified Detroit Cat engine. With a power output of 60 hp, it was light and powerful 5-cylinder air-cooled engine for its time making it perfect to use in sport planes of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
The Anzani 6-cylinder cooled radial engine was produced in France from as early as 1910 until after World War I. It is made-up of two rows of 3-cylinders each and was produced in two sizes, a 40-45 hp and a larger 50-60 hp. It was flown in planes and later as reconnaissance planes at the beginning of World War I.
The Pratt & Whitney afterburning turbofan engine first flew in 1972 on the F-15 Eagle. Later it flew on the F-16 Falcon, from which this engine has been removed. With more than 7,200 engines produced and over 24 million flight hours, the F100 fighter engine has a remarkable record of safety, maintenance cost and reliability. Pratt & Whitney’s family of F100 engines has been selected by 23 air forces around the world.
Le Rhone 9C
The Le Rhone 80 hp Model C was the most widely used aircraft engine in World War I. It also paved the way for rotary rather than fixed engines as a standard in aircraft. That is, the entire engine rotated together with the propeller. This produced greater stability, more efficient cooling, and lighter weight.
P&W Twin Wasp Junior
Produced in 1932 as a 14 piston version of the nine piston R-985. The engine was developed at the request of the Navy and was used in both Army and Navy aircraft such as the Grumman F3F and the Vought Vindicator. This model was used for classroom instruction and therefore has the planetary reduction gear exposed. This engine is known for its use in Howard Hughes’ H-1 Racer. This aircraft broke the airspeed record in 1935 and a transcontinental record two years later of 7 hours and 28 minutes.