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Which Is The Most Popular Jet Engine Of All Time  
User currently offlineClydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 12761 times:

I was wondering which Jet Engine has sold the most examples of all time?
I was thinking the JT8 or CFM 56, Anybody know which one?

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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12743 times:



Quoting Clydenairways (Thread starter):

I would put my money on the JT8D for now:
DC-9
B727
B737
Mercure


User currently offlineClydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12741 times:



Quoting Miamiair (Reply 1):
I would put my money on the JT8D for now:
DC-9
B727
B737
Mercure

Yeah, is was thinking along those lines too (Later Caravelles Also JT8D) and the fact that each 727 had 3 engines but look at the CFM 56 too

737-300/400/500 and all NG series.
A320/319/321/318 ( more than half of all built)
A340-200/300 (low numbers but 4 engines an airframe)
DC8-70 series (low numbers but 4 engines an airframe)
KC135 Re-engine


User currently offlineSEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 6961 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12726 times:



Quoting Clydenairways (Reply 2):
Yeah, is was thinking along those lines too (Later Caravelles Also JT8D) and the fact that each 727 had 3 engines but look at the CFM 56 too

I suspect by now the CFM56's produced outnumber the JT8D's. Just the number of 737 Classics and NG's produced far outnumber all of the planes produced that used the JT8D.



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User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2574 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12612 times:

JT8-D over 14,000 produced.
CFM 56 over 17,500 produced.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6411 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12586 times:

Wouldn't military sales, though, give the JT3's an edge, especially considering that most of those were sold in 4- or 8-engine ship sets?  stirthepot 


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6873 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12575 times:

Yeah, are you just asking about airline jets? Didn't the J47 sell 20000+? Maybe some Russian engine had more than that?

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6072 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12565 times:



Quoting Timz (Reply 6):
Maybe some Russian engine had more than that?

You might not be far off with that.

This may not apply now, but somewhere, I read about how reliable the older Soviet engines were. When this one Asian airline (Chinese? Mongolian?) who only bought Russian equipment decided to buy a Boeing design (IIRC, it was the 707,) they bought 16(!) spare engines to go with just that one aircraft. That same airline bought many, many more of the same aircraft, and after about 30 years of use, they retired that fleet and still had 4 engines left in their original crates.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21681 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12501 times:

My list:

JT8D
CF-6
CFM56

-Mir



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12473 times:

Without question it was the J-57, which powered the B-52, F-100, F-101, F-102, F4D and the F8U. Remember that each B-52 used eight (8) of them. A close second would be the J-47 which powered the B-47 and F-86's.

Boeing (and Lockheed) built 2,042 B-47's which required 12,240 J-47 without spares.


User currently onlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3631 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12457 times:

To the JT-8D, we must, of course, add the engines on the Saab Viggen, even if these numbers are rather small.

I would also guess the GE J-79 is pretty high on the list:

F-104 (more than 1000 built).
F-4 (several thousand built, and 2 engines each. Only some had Spey engines).

According to Wikipedia, more than 17000 were built.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25653 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12412 times:



Quoting 474218 (Reply 9):
Without question it was the J-57, which powered the B-52, F-100, F-101, F-102, F4D and the F8U. Remember that each B-52 used eight (8) of them.

And don't forget the 800 or so KC-135s, which originally each had 4 J-57s.


User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2574 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12336 times:

According to wiki the jt3c/j57 had 21,170 built. I guess all those eight engine B52 and four engine 707/KC135 and DC8's really add up to a lot of engines. I do think the CFM 56 has a chance of eclipsing this number. Even coming close is a feat since many of the airframes only have two vs four or eight.

User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 12246 times:

I would imagine that the CF-34 is starting to get pretty high up there. There are a ton of CRJ-200/700/900 and now the EMB-170/190 are using them as well.


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User currently offline752is From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12237 times:

How about the RR RB211? Just a thought.

User currently offlineBAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12229 times:



Quoting 752is (Reply 14):
How about the RR RB211? Just a thought.

I don't have the figures for the different variants, but you may be on to something. After all, it is also used as a static motor in industrial applications, (oil rigs, etc), not just slung under airraft wings.



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User currently offlineEx52tech From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 559 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12164 times:



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 10):
F-104 (more than 1000 built).
F-4 (several thousand built, and 2 engines each. Only some had Spey engines).

The A-5 Vigilante used the J79, and the CV-880.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25653 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12160 times:



Quoting BAe146QT (Reply 15):
Quoting 752is (Reply 14):
How about the RR RB211? Just a thought.

I don't have the figures for the different variants, but you may be on to something. After all, it is also used as a static motor in industrial applications, (oil rigs, etc), not just slung under aircraft wings.

Industrial and marine versions of many other jet engines have also been built, although total numbers are much smaller than those used on aircraft. For example, GE says that "more than 1,800 aeroderivative gas turbine engines have been sold for marine and industrial use."

GE says the marine version of the TF-39, the first high-bypass turbofan used on the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and on which the design of the commercial CF-6 first used on the DC-10 was based, powers many ships in 24 world navies and several fast ferries.


User currently offlineEx52tech From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 559 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12153 times:



Quoting Clydenairways (Thread starter):
I was wondering which Jet Engine has sold the most examples of all time?
I was thinking the JT8 or CFM 56

Since the CFM56 is still in production, I can't imagine it not being the highest selling engine, but then again what are the numbers for the RB 211?
I would not consider the marine and pump engine derivatives of the CF-6 as included in contension for highest selling aircraft engine, because they are not powering an aircraft.



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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12147 times:



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 13):
I would imagine that the CF-34 is starting to get pretty high up there. There are a ton of CRJ-200/700/900 and now the EMB-170/190 are using them as well.

Also the A-10 Thunderbolt II and S-3 Viking.


User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12144 times:

All engines mentioned so far are certainly widely produced, but do not even come close to the Klimov VK-1. This engine was used by the Soviet Union to power both the MiG-15 and the MiG-17, as well as the Ilyushin Il-28 bomber. Depending on which numbers you believe correct (reported production numbers for these aircraft vary wildly, most accounts state at least 12,000 MiG-15s, 6,000 MiG-17s and 2,000 Il-28s were made in the Soviet Union alone, plus large amounts of licence production on top of that), there have been anywhere between 22,000 and 39,000 VK-1s produced.


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User currently offlineDeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9556 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 12132 times:

my guess:
JT-8D
CFM-56
RB211

also the RR Trents are getting up there too and the GE-90s are getting alot of orders



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User currently offlineT prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1029 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12033 times:

Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25653 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11997 times:



Quoting T prop (Reply 22):
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6.

Although this thread involves jets, the PT6 cetainly must break some records for turboprops with over 35,000 built as of last September per a P&WC press release, and still in production after 44 years.


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6873 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11993 times:

The GE section in Janes 1956-57 says 36,500+ J47s built by then. Not all by GE, tho.

25 Tdscanuck : But the GE90 is a one-trick pony...not even Boeing's most wildly optimistic projections for 777 sales would bring it over 10,000 engines over the who
26 Post contains links Aircellist : Four years later, the CFM56, on the 30th anniversary of its service entry, has passed 23,300 deliveries, and 28,875 orders in total, as per Guy Norris
27 Post contains images KELPkid : Tech/ops threads normally don't die without moderator intervention. They won't usually intervene, except when you bring up THAT thread (which they lo
28 Post contains images Viscount724 : Why? Seems strange. I just spotted this thread and started reading it and was on the verge of replying when I noticed that I had already replied -- 4
29 Post contains images Aircellist : In fact, I found it on Google, just looking for "most sold aviation jet engine"... The search engine of DM had nothing to do with me finding it whats
30 Aircellist : So... Anybody care to help? Here is a short list of best-sellers turbine engines, in order For PWC and probably in all, the best-seller is the PT6, of
31 boeing767mech : Does it include APU sales? Change the gearbox on a TPE331 and add a load compressor and it is the GTP-331 which in flying around in a lot of 757/767/
32 Post contains images Aircellist : Excellent question, thanks for asking! I don't know whether the PT6 numbers include PT6T in single, double or not at all...
33 MrChips : To quote myself from over four years ago: A bit more research shows that the higher number is probably correct; so, there have been 39,000 Klimov VK-1
34 Aircellist : Oh, I overlooked your post, sorry... So, the Nene/VK-1 would finally be in first position, with something like 49 400 engines produced... Pretty impr
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