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

Bristol 'Centaurus' sleeve-valve aero engine, c 1940s.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


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 Ambasador 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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