WWII aircraft engines....

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  1. Lucky13

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    Which WWII aircraft engine, would you consider to be above the rest in horsepower vs weight, suitable to fighters and bombers, ability to absorb damage and still bring the aircraft home, posibilties to upgrade and modernize and ease of production....etc?8)
     
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    After what everybody has done with them i would have to say the merlin or the allison
     
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    But not all that good for bombers, though the Lancaster and Mossie used them. And was limited for next gen bombers like the B-29. Particularly if a model of the R-2800 was specifically developed for the requirements of the B-29.

    The R-2800 was nice, a versatile engine, and could have been adapted to the B-29 in a pinch. The R-3350 and R-4360 were better, and would have been good in fighter designs as well, but came a little late, and the R-3350 was still having some reliability problems on the B-29.
     
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