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I like to photograph early aero engines when I see them but usually don't bother to take down their details. This is a chance for me to post photos with a commentary about each. It will force me to do a bit of research.

 

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BMW Type 111A

BMW Type 111A

BMW IIIa was an inline six-cylinder SOHC valvetrain, water-cooled aircraft engine, the first-ever product from BMW GmbH. Its success laid the foundation for future BMW success. It is best known as the powerplant of the Fokker D.VIIF, which outperformed any allied aircraft.  

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pmccarthy

Antoinette V16

Antoinette V16

Antoinette began as a private venture led by the engineer Léon Levavasseur. By 1904, most of the prize-winning speedboats in Europe were powered with Antoinette engines. During this time, he designed engines of various configurations of up to thirty-two cylinders. The company's primary business was the sale of engines to aircraft builders. Their engines were used in the Santos-Dumont 14-bis of 1906, Paul Cornu's rudimentary helicopter of 1907, the Voisin biplane that was modified and pilote

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pmccarthy

Liberty V12

Liberty V12

Liberty V12 engine photographed at Hendon in 2012.   The Liberty L-12 was an American 27-litre (1,649 cubic inch) water-cooled 45° V-12 aircraft engine of 400 hp (300 kW) designed for a high power-to-weight ratio and ease of mass production. It was succeeded by the Packard 1A-2500. There were 20,478 engines produced between 1917 and 1919. Only a few engines made it to France before the war ended.

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Ader Avion 2

Ader Avion 2

The Avion II  was the second primitive aircraft designed by Clément Ader in the 1893. Most sources agree that work on it was never completed, Ader abandoning it in favour of the Avion III that had a financial backer. Ader's later claim that he flew the Avion II in August 1892 for a distance of 100 m at a field in Satory is not widely accepted. The engine developed for Avion II, called Zéphyr was a light steam engine driving a 3 m (10 ft) diameter 4-bladed propeller, in which steam was coole

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pmccarthy

Salmson Type P9 Rotary engine

Salmson Type P9 Rotary engine

This one was at the Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace, Le Bourget, Paris.  32 different aircraft types used Salmson engines, including Short, Farman, Blackburn, Voisin, Caudron, Vickers and Sopwith.   From Wikipedia: Henri Salmson, a manufacturer of water pumps, was engaged by Georges Marius Henri-Georges Canton and Pierre Unné, a pair of Swiss engineers, to produce engines to their design. Their initial efforts were on barrel engines, but these failed to meet expectations due to

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pmccarthy

3 Cylinder Anzani

3 Cylinder Anzani

From Wikipedia - From 1905 to 1915, Alessandro Anzani built a number of three-cylinder fan and radial engines, one of which powered Louis Blériot's 1909 cross-channel flight. An Anzani three-cylinder engine that powers a Blériot XI based in England is thought to be the oldest airworthy engine in the world.   The first image is from Paris, the second from Old Warden, in a 1910 Deperdussin.    

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pmccarthy

Bertin X-8

Bertin X-8

This is a Bertin X-8. It is 100HP. Photographed at the Musée de l’air et de l’espace in Paris in 2015. Bertin was killed in a crash of his fifth build before the Great War.   Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913: BERTIN. L. Bertin, 23 rue de Rocroy, Paris.    1913.    Monoplane.    2-seater. Length.........feet(m.) 29 (8.80) Span...........feet(m.) 34 (10.40) Area .....sq. feet(m?.) 226 (21) Weight,machine...    .....lbs.(kgs.) 770 (350) Weight, useful...    .....lbs.(

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