Bristol 'Centaurus' sleeve-valve aero engine, c 1940s.

Made:
1942-1950
maker:
The Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited

Bristol ‘Centaurus’ sleeve-valve radial 18-cylinder aero engine, part-sectioned, by The Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited, Bristol, Somerset, England, 1942-1950

Bristol 'Centaurus' sleeve-valve aero engine. The Centaurus engine represents the final phase of the high-powered piston aero-engine and was the largest radial engine made in Britain before the advent of the turbo-jet and turbo-prop aero-engines made this type obsolete. Centaurus engines were used on the British European Airways Ambassador airliners and the Blackburn Beverley, a large transport. The pure military version shown here, the Mk18 was used to power the Fleet Air Arm Hawker Sea Fury.

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Details

Category:
Aircraft Propulsion
Object Number:
1957-10/1
Materials:
aluminium (metal), metal (unknown), paint, steel (metal)
type:
engine - power producing equipment
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
credit:
Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd.

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