Airborne Awesomosity, Military-Grade Awesome

The Last Gasp For Large Piston Engines

Pratt and Whitney R-4360 VDT

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Starting in the mid nineteen forties there was a move to this newfangled jet turbine technology. Still it was mostly untested and the good old internal combustion engine was better known.  Into this small fragment of time was an interesting innovation of Pratt & Whitney’s.

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Airborne Awesomosity

Twin Wasp

The most-produced piston engine ever, thanks to its use on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Douglas DC-3, the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp is an impressive demonstration of American ingenuity.

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Giant F*ck-Off Aircraft, Startup

Startup: Seaplane or Flying Boat?

Since yesterday’s Startup, I’ve had thoughts of the Spruce Goose stuck in my head. It’s one of those marvels of engineering that I got to see up close and personal when I was young, and found it so captivating because it inspired my imagination in amazing ways.

My parents were awesome for […]

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