Bristol Centaurus Engine

Bristol Centaurus
Bristol Centaurus

Great Britain,  1943

An 18 cylinder sleeve valve 4 stroke radial engine.

Classed as  one of the best radial engines every designed.

It was quiet, smooth running and low profile.

This engine is from Guido Zuccoli’s Sea Fury, although some were used in commercial airliners  into  the 2550 hp with a single stage supercharger. The smaller 14 cylinder engine powered  the  Beaufighter –  these relatively quiet engines gave it the nickname “Whispering Death”.

For more technical details of the Bristol Centaurus Engine, see Wikipedia.

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