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Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:01 pm

Can airplane engines be used for other purposes, besides powering airplanes?

I did read in this forum, about someone who was planning to use Convair 880 engines to generate electricity on an oil drilling platform, but the plan was abandoned.

Are there other, more successful examples?
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:22 pm

Allison 501-D13 (T-56) engines are used in oil pipeline pumping installations, or at least they were when the first Alaskan pipeline was built.

I will do more research to verify, but I believe the BAe-146 engines share a core with the powerplant in the M1-A1 Abrams tank.

4 cylinder piston engines are/were used on those air boats used in swampy areas. The engine would drive a caged propeller, and steering is via move able rudders in the airstream.

Some railroads in western North America bought some surplus jet engines (forget model number-the type that was used on the P-2V Neptune and C-119) and mounted them to snowplows. They apparently did a great job ob blowing the tracks clear of snow. I imagine it would have been as impressive as hell...one of those first generation turbojets screaming away, creating a huge rooster tail of snow!

Paris Charles de Gaulle used to have an array of jet engines beside the runway to dissipate fog. They were fired up on request, and the airlines got a hefty bill. That was used as late as 1974 I think.

After Gulf War 1, when the Kuwaiti oilfields were ablaze, there was an oil field fire control company using MiG engines to blow the fires out.

While I'm thinking about tanks, the WW ll American tanks had radial engines, Franklins and Jacobs and Lycomings that were also used in aircraft.

Some ships have gas turbine engines, but I will need to research the commonality with aircraft.

In the 60's Ford Motor Company produced a PT-6 powered transport truck prototype. I'll find a picture...
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:32 pm

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 1):
Some ships have gas turbine engines, but I will need to research the commonality with aircraft.

I believe that some of the RN Destroyers are powered by a combination of RR Tyne and RR Olympus engines. IIRC the Tynes are used for normal ops and the Olympuses for hi-speed dashes.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:40 pm

Yeah, I was just reading some Google results, and was surprised to see the Spey mentioned as well.

I think I was wrong about the PT-6, BTW. The Ford history pages don't mention it by name. Chrysler also had some experimental cars-its worth googling "Chrysler turbine car" and "Ford Turbine Truck" to see some groovy Jetsons automotive styling.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:23 pm

Our USCG WHEC 378' Cutter used two old 707 gas turbines as alternative propulsion to our main diesel engines, when higher speeds were required in SAR or Law Enforcement engagements. Nothing got your heart up to speed faster when you were in your 'rack' and hearing the MGT's (Main Gas Turbines) come on line, you knew something was up.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:43 pm

Several GE engines are used for power generation, as well as for propulsion in ships. For example, the USN Arleigh Burke class destroyers (DDG-51) use four GE LM2500 gas turbines, which, IIRC, are derived from the CF6 engine. I believe that the LM1500 is derived from the GE J-79, and is widely used in power generation.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:29 pm

Rotax sells airplane engines for use in snowmobilies and wave runners.

Or is it the other way around?  Smile
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:32 pm

If you look at the following site then you will see that the Bristol Proteus engine was used in warships, hovercraft and power stations aswell as in aircraft. I have heard it said that it was better when not used on aircraft.  devil 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Proteus

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:34 pm

Quoting Djw030468 (Reply 4):
Our USCG WHEC 378' Cutter used two old 707 gas turbines as alternative propulsion to our main diesel engines, when higher speeds were required in SAR or Law Enforcement engagements. Nothing got your heart up to speed faster when you were in your 'rack' and hearing the MGT's (Main Gas Turbines) come on line, you knew something was up.

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I just got goosebumps reading that. Well done Coast Guard.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:54 pm

I had an Allison V-1710 from a P-38 that was modified in the late 40's to run an irrigation water pump in west Texas.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:10 pm

Here's a picture of that jet snow-blower. I wonder if the boys ever decided to uncouple it from the locomotive and open 'er up?

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Jet engine powered railway snow-blower. Notice the 'hearing protection required' stickers.


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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:24 pm

IIRC, turbocharged models of Subaru's EJ20, EJ22 and EJ25 engines are sometimes used on small propeller planes. The compact design of the boxer engine makes it ideal for fitting into the small spaces. Keep in mind these engines are usually found in cars like the Impreza, Legacy and Forester.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:18 am

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 10):

Thanks for all that info.  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:42 am

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:07 am

I recall Union Pacific had turbine powered locomotives at one time. I've also seen them mounted on the rear of a truck to dry a wet racetrack.
Turbines are also widely used as as a ground air start unit for aircraft with inop or no APU's.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:17 am

I remember a small "gyppo" sawmill in the Pacific northwest that was run by a single Allison V-1710.

I also saw an 18-wheel lumber truck powered by an Allison. IIRC it was about a 1950 or so, Stirling. He ran it with no side panels on the hood and you could see the big V-12 in there.

I know a USAF radar station that uses a British-made gas turbine engine to generate electricity. The small base uses electricity purchased from the local utility company. It constantly samples the incoming power and if a power loss is sensed, the engine is signalled to start. One hundred and ten 1-volt batteries, each bigger than the battery in your car, (beaucoup plate area!) connected in series, crank an electric starter on the turbine. When it comes up to speed and its output is stable the base unplugs from the power company and it takes over. It has surplus capacity sufficient to backfeed the power line to the nearby town.

Gas turbine engines in stationary use, like generators and pumping stations probably run a very long time between overhauls.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:29 am

Turbines are still in use in the oil industry for power generation and pumping purposes.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:37 am

I have seen jet engines used to dry race tracks
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:54 am




Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
Rotax sells airplane engines for use in snowmobilies and wave runners.

Or is it the other way around?

 rotfl 


An old friend of mine uses a small jet engine to clear his corporation's private runway. The engine is mounted to a trailer...they fire it up, drive along the edge of the runway, and irritate the neighbors.  biggrin 



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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:35 am

Rover used their war-time jet engine experience to produce a turbine powered car in 1950, having started work on it in 1946:

http://www.makingthemodernworld.org....ntion/technology/1939-1968/IC.061/

http://www.pistonheads.com/doc.asp?c=104&i=6165

It didn't take off.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:23 am

...And I just remembered that there were Allison V-12 powered air raid sirens back in the 50's / 60's. I grew up about 10 miles from a major city that tested them every Saturday at 13:00. Even ten miles away they were scary as hell.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:43 am

Tucker used a six cylinder helicopter engine in the fifty examples of his car.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:21 am

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 10):

In the 1950's and 60's, the Union Pacific railroad also tried turbine-powered locomotives:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/Union_Pacific_18.jpg

Because many of these locomotives were built by ALCO, and the electric components were supplied by GE, my guess is that it had a GE engine in it, but I am not sure on that. Supposedly, these were the most powerful locomotives ever built, developing 10,000 horsepower.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:22 am

Many years ago when I first started out in aviation, I was working at a repair station and one of our mechanics who had worked on J-47’s in the Air Force used to go to Yonkers Raceway every November to change the oil and fuel filters and start up for the winter season the J-47’s that the racetrack had mounted on trucks to clear snow from the track.

Also every once in a while during the winter he would also have to go and work on the engines when one of them would not start or run properly. This lasted for about 2 years when Yonkers decided to do their own maintenance.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:44 am

Down at Parafield airport which is a small GA airport here in Adelaide, there is a museum (Classic Jets Fighter Museum) that have an Allison that they run and some sort of jet engine that is run occasionally.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:51 am

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 12):
Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 10):


Thanks for all that info.

No problem, anytime you need a blank photo, just give me a call. Beats me why the image won't load, and since I'm not an extra effort kind of person, I'll simply direct you to this link:

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/cn61607.jpg
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:17 am

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 25):

What an awesome looking piece of machinery. It looks like it could almost blow the rails away as well! That beast would most certainly make some noise!



Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 1):
forget model number-the type that was used on the P-2V Neptune

Were these engines Westinghouse J34-WE-36's  Confused .

Rolls -Royce uses a derivative of the Trent-800 aero-engine as the basis for it's MT30 ship propulsion gas-turbine. It has about 80% commonality with the T-800, and can output up to 36MW at a thermal efficiency exceeding 40%.



http://www.rolls-royce.com/marine/pr..._gas_turbine/gas_turbines/mt30.jsp

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:18 am

A guy I know in the Netherlands owns a WW2 M-18 tank destroyer (fast, lighly armoured tracked vehicle armed with a powerfull A/T gun), which uses a Franklin radial engine. Since I have a bit of experience with aircraft radial engines he let me start it once. It was like starting an aircraft.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:36 am

Quoting David L (Reply 19):
Rover used their war-time jet engine experience to produce a turbine powered car in 1950, having started work on it in 1946:

http://www.makingthemodernworld.org....ntion/technology/1939-1968/IC.061/

http://www.pistonheads.com/doc.asp?c=104&i=6165

It didn't take off.

Two problems IIRC were the lag when the engine "waited" to spool up and awful fuel consumption. This latter in spite of heat recovery units being fitted. Not one of Rover's most sparkling ideas, but then read Whittle on the whole subject of Rover's "contribution" to the development of jet engines in the UK! He was certainly biased, but if half what he wrote was true Rover should have been ashamed.

And folk write about how governments interfere with Airbus, thanks very much Rover showed that private industry can do a superb job along these lines!
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:09 am

The Queen Mary II has a combination of Diesel and Turbine powerplants both used for electricity generation. Propulsion is via 4 podded electric motors.
What makes the QM II unusual is that the 2 LM2500(Land/Marine versions of the GE CF6) are not housed in the engine room but in a special upper deck housing directly under the funnel.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:20 am

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 29):
What makes the QM II unusual is that the 2 LM2500(Land/Marine versions of the GE CF6) are not housed in the engine room but in a special upper deck housing directly under the funnel.

I remember reading somewhere that the LM2500's are not for propulsion, but are to provide back up power for the ship if demand exceeds the primary generators, or if the primarys fail.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:32 am

Quoting Avt007 (Reply 16):
Turbines are still in use in the oil industry for power generation and pumping purposes.

Correct. if I recall correctly, many of the compressor stations along the Trans-Canada pipeline are powered by derivatives of RR engines - chiefly the RB211 and the Avon.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:53 am

I believe that Lycoming produced an O-290G, specifically to power ground equipment. Does anyone know where Chevy got the idea for the Corvair engine?
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:18 pm

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 1):
Allison 501-D13 (T-56) engines are used in oil pipeline pumping installations, or at least they were when the first Alaskan pipeline was built.

The Trans Alaska Pipeline uses Rolls Royce Avon engines for pumping. For more info on their on-going replacement: http://www.alyeska-pipe.com/Strategi...guration/Crude_oil_pump_system.pdf

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 1):
I will do more research to verify, but I believe the BAe-146 engines share a core with the powerplant in the M1-A1 Abrams tank.

Almost - the core of the BAe-146's ALF502s is the Lycoming T55, also used to power the Boeing CH-47 Chinook. The AGT1500 in the M1 is a different, lower power engine (only 1500 hp, vs. about 3500 hp of the T55).

Other uses of aero engines:

The STP-Paxton Turbine Car, raced at the 1967 Indy 500 was powered by a P&WC ST6B-62, a PT6B derivative:
http://www.forix.com/8w/altpower/pj-indy67-stp-paxton.jpg

The Lotus 56s raced at the 1968 Indy 500 were powered by P&WC ST6B-70s, again PT6B derivatives:
http://www.forix.com/8w/altpower/gh-indy68-lotus56.jpg

The United Aircraft TurboTrain (built by Sikorsky) was also powered by a ST6:


The ANF-Frangeco and Rohr Turboliner trainsets are powered by Turbomeca Makilas (as found in Aerospatiale Super Pumas):


In a more extreme use, the Soviets built chemical warfare decontamination vehicles that used old surplus jet engines to spray cleaning agents on contaminated vehicles:
http://www.army.cz/images/id_5001_6000/5032/01.jpg
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:53 pm

These are always fun:



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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:54 pm

And, while I know it has been discredited, the Darwin awards story about the Chevy Impala and the Jato rocket is in my hit parade of favourite all-time alternate uses for an aeronautical powerplant.

I do like the jet drag cars too, and I actually saw Andy Granatelli's turbine Indy car race, I wonder why I forgot it?
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:23 pm

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
Can airplane engines be used for other purposes, besides powering airplanes?

On the DC-10 the wing engines produce electricity for the CVR. This is why there is no CVR transcript for flight 191 following rotation.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:52 pm

Here's one possible alternate use of aircraft engines (in this case, three afterburning GE J79's):

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Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:59 pm



A certain jet engine is also used (quite effectively, I might add) to completely destroy any shred of beauty and grace of a certain Waco biplane that frequents the airshow circuit...



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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:12 pm

Quoting N231YE (Reply 22):
Because many of these locomotives were built by ALCO, and the electric components were supplied by GE, my guess is that it had a GE engine in it, but I am not sure on that. Supposedly, these were the most powerful locomotives ever built, developing 10,000 horsepower.

The Union Pacific "Big Blows" (yes, that's really what the crews called 'em  Wink ) were powered by a modified GE power generation turbine, which has very little, if anything, in common with an aircraft engine. These turbines are what are used in Natural Gas power generating stations. They actually generated electricity (by turning a generator), and each axle on the locomotive contained a traction motor, a gigantic DC motor.

The turbines were designed to burn "Bunker-C" fuel (the same fuel that Union Pacific's oil-fired steam locomotives burned), however this proved to be their Achille's heel: the price of this particular petroleum product skyrocketed in the late 1960's, and the Union Pacific studied modification to allow the units to burn other fuels, but there was no economical alternative  Sad
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:27 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 38):
A certain jet engine is also used (quite effectively, I might add) to completely destroy any shred of beauty and grace of a certain Waco biplane that frequents the airshow circuit...

ugh! I can't believe how ugly and graceless that Waco is. "Flying" had an achingly beautiful upf-7 on the cover of one of the 1969 issues-it was one of many things that made me spend all my teen earnings at the local flying school.

To see such piece of sculpture wrecked by money and bad taste makes me ill.

The Peterbilt, on the other hand, has always suffered for the lack of J-79's, and that "Shockwave" truck looks like just right  Smile
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:33 pm

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 32):
Does anyone know where Chevy got the idea for the Corvair engine?

The designer owned a Beech Bonanza, that had a Continental E-225, and patterned the Corvair 140 after that. The 140 was used in the 1960 models, and was upgraded to the 145 after 1961 year models in production.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:40 pm

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
Convair 880 engines to generate electricity on an oil drilling platform, but the plan was abandoned.

I've never heard of old jet engines being used on oil rigs. The rig that my dad did some work on, has GE turbines for electricity. I'm not sure which model, i can find out if anyone wants to know.

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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:09 pm

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 39):

Oh, well, not a true aircraft-engine powered unit, but at least it had a gas turbine in it. I would have loved to hear that thing in operation..."what's that sound?...Its a fighter jet, its a rocket...no its a locomotive"  smile 

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 39):
They actually generated electricity (by turning a generator), and each axle on the locomotive contained a traction motor, a gigantic DC motor.

All of today's locomotives today have a similar concept. A huge diesel V-12 powers a 1 mW generator creating DC current. The DC current is then turned into AC, which goes to the traction motors, turned back into DC, and used to power each traction motor's particular truck.
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:45 pm

The Stena Line HSS 1500 are powered by 4 GE turbines. Said to be similar to the ones on the 747.

Swedish only:  Sad
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:02 pm

Quoting Baroque (Reply 28):
but then read Whittle on the whole subject of Rover's "contribution" to the development of jet engines in the UK! He was certainly biased, but if half what he wrote was true Rover should have been ashamed.

Without a doubt, though there were also those in government departments who seemed determined to swipe everything away from Whittle.

Quoting Baroque (Reply 28):
And folk write about how governments interfere with Airbus, thanks very much Rover showed that private industry can do a superb job along these lines!

Perhaps that's why successive UK governments felt the need to spend the next 25 years proving that they were the masters of destructive interference.  Sad
 
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:25 am

Quoting Curmudgeon (Reply 35):
I do like the jet drag cars too, and I actually saw Andy Granatelli's turbine Indy car race, I wonder why I forgot it?

I came into this a little too late. I was off looking for pictures of the original "Green Monster" that drag racing legend Art Arfons used to run back in the late 50s. All I could find were later iterations, powered by the faster, but less exciting jet engines.

The original had an Allison V-1710, a tugboat clutch and a tank differential. It was colorful and a huge favorite with the crowds.

I also remember one of those "footnote" cars that never did much, I think it might have been driven by Dave Janas. It was powered by a little four-cylinder air-cooled airplane engine, maybe an O-200. As I said, it was just there to give Don Garlits a chance to fuel up and get ready for his next run.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:18 am

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 27):
A guy I know in the Netherlands owns a WW2 M-18 tank destroyer (fast, lighly armoured tracked vehicle armed with a powerfull A/T gun), which uses a Franklin radial engine. Since I have a bit of experience with aircraft radial engines he let me start it once. It was like starting an aircraft.

Jan

I don't believe Franklin (Aircooled Motors) ever built a radial of their own design. What your friend probably has is a Wright R975 or a Continental radial. Franklin may have produced them under license.

Now....to my main topic. I worked for a company that produced turbine fuel management products and I was commissioned to do a market study of industrial and marine gas turbines to see what was out there using their product. Going back to my research notes for the project I found in no particular order

United Technologies FT8 (JT8 derivative), GG/FT4 (JT4 derivative) FT9 (JT9 derivative) FT3 (JT3 derivative) FT4000 (PW4000 derivative)
Rolls industrial Avon, RB211, Spey, Trent. Olympus, Proteus, Tyne
GE LM6000 (CF6 derivative). LM8000 (CF6-80) LM500 (TF34) LM120 (T700 derivative)
P&W-Canada ST6 (PT6 derivative), ST18 (PW100 derivative)
Rolls/Allison 570, 501, 601 (501 derivative)
Rolls/Turbomeca RTM322
Turbomeca Astazou, Bastan, Turmo, Makila a/k/a TM1600

Bet-Shemesh M2TL (Turbomeca Marbore derivative)

Orenda OT2, OT3

Vericor TF/ASE40 (Lycoming T55 derivative)

I'm sure there are many more in the gas turbine field, particularly in Russia and china where vast numbers (probably more than 30,000) of TV2 engines of about 1500-2000 shp were produced in many configurations and my research revealed that many of them are being used in oilfield and gas pipeline applications. They are a GOOD engine.
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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:11 am




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Although this registration was cancelled on 03Aug05, as being exported to Australia, it was found here, parked and engineless. (Later note: Thanks to Cory Watkins at Guthrie, I now know that an Australian farmer purchased just the engines, as powerplants for farm equipment. The rest of the aircraft is to be scrapped).



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RE: Other Uses Of Airplane Engines?

Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:43 am

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This is a little off of this thread, but this JetStar s/n 5101 brings back a lot of memories because it is the first JetStar I ever worked on.

I started working for a repair station in 1968 on general aviation airplanes. About one half of this company’s business was supplying additional mechanics to some of the corporate operators on the airport when they were doing maintenance on their airplanes. On only about my second week on the job I was sent over to the company who owned this JetStar with 3 other of our mechanics to assist their mechanic doing at the time an annual inspection. I got to work on this JetStar quite often and other JetStar’s based on the airport during my 3 years with this repair station and also got to work on almost all the other corporate aircraft types at the time. It was because of my JetStar experience and networking that I was able to get my JetStar jobs.

The company later bought a G2 and sold this JetStar to another company on the airport. The second company was the one who upgraded it to the 731 engines and it remained with this company until they were taken over by a corporate raider in the early 1980’s and the airplane was then sold. I have seen over the years listed by different aircraft brokers.

This JetStar was built in 1966 in the heyday of JetStar production so the airframe is now 40 years old so I doubt anyone would invest any money to get it back into flying shape.

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