Merlin 45 Aeroplane Engine

1940 in Crewe

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Merlin 45 aeroplane engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, Crewe, c.1940. 12 cylinder arrangement with the lower dual ignition sectioned for demonstration purposes and fitted with electric motor to turn it around.

Formally part of the UMIST study collection, this engine has been sectioned and motorised for instructional use.

The Mark 45 Merlin was used to power Supermarine Spitfire III and V fighters.

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Aircraft Propulsion
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metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified) and textile
overall (estimate): 1370 mm x 810 mm x 1830 mm,
aeroplane engine
Gift of University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

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