Bristal Centaurus Engine

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  1. Micdrow

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    Article on the British Bristal Centaurus Engine

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    Thanks for the link, it will be very interesting to read/study etc.
     
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    Thanks! This picture was taken at RNHF in 2000.
     

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    I would love to have seen it on B29 or a Saber.
     
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    From 'Fedden - the life of Sir Roy Fedden' by Bill Gunston (p.274):
    'Both [A-26 and B-29] bombers might have been improved by being fitted with the more powerful Centaurus engine, and the [1943 Fedden Report of the Misssion to the USA] did make a firm recommendation that examination should be given to the manufacture in Britain of a Centaurus B-29, if necessary without pressurisation and with simple direct-control gun turrets.'

    Which Saber?
     
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    I would look at the Saber V11 or the Nomad.
     
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    What is "Saber V11" (Saber V eleven??).
     
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    Napier Sabre VII (7) with 3500hp. Though the Centaurus eventually got to 3500hp as well (and 3500hrs TBO but not the same version)
     
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    The Napier Sabre VII (and all Sabres built) had inadequate altitude performance for a B-29, and the Napier Nomad was a development failure. The Rolls-Royce Clyde turboprop would have been the best replacement for the R-3350 and substitute for the R-4360 in the B-29 and its B-50 and C-97derivatives. Does anyone have performance calculations for such installations?
     
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    Thanks. So, not the Saber V11 but Sabre VII :)
     
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    Tomo has a good point
    The Brits used Roman numerals to denote several next-mark items of aircraft hardware during the war, mixing Roman with Arabic numerals is confusing and wrong - VII, or 7 if your Latin's not up to it and want to play safe
     
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