Engine - Rolls-Royce Kestrel XVI

Engine - Rolls-Royce Kestrel XVI
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    War in the Air

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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.