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Engine – Rolls-Royce Kestrel XVI

Serial No: n/a
Period: Pre-WWII
Reference: 1997/0106/E
Museum: Cosford
Location: War in the Air
On Display: Yes

In 1925, Rolls-Royce began designing a radically new 12-cylinder engine in which each of the two banks of six cylinders were formed from a single aluminium-alloy block. Named the Kestrel, the engine was fitted with hand-starting gear and could achieve up to 745 hp at 14500 ft. in later models.

Kestrels were installed in numerous British and foreign aircraft, including the Hawker Hind on display at the Museum.

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