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Your favorite engine

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:55 am
by Not1011
What's your favourite engine?

For me:
1. RB211 turbofan- Used on L-1011, 'nuff said.
2. PT6A turboprop- Very good design, starts easily in adverse conditions (not possible with TPE331, or in fact many single-shaft engines), extremely reliable.
3. GEnx turbofan- Used on the 787, gave new life to the 747 in the 747-8.
4. CF6 turbofan- Very good design, continuously updated throughout the years.

Oh, and engine argument from the 747 vs A380 thread has been moved here. Possibly.

Updated 01/26/2019 with reasons for my choices.

Re: Your favorite engine

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:03 pm
by Welshy
But what are your reasonings?

Mine:
1. RR Merlin, need I say more?
2. Pegasus, again not much to explain, brilliant engineering.
3. PT6C, the quality of that is unrivaled. In work at never seemed to have issues with them on 139s
4. RR Spey, great low level engine, probably best of its era in the weeds.
5. RR Conway, world's first bypass engine, and of course used by my beloved VC10


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Re: Your favorite engine

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:57 pm
by lorDuckFeet
1. Pratt & Whitney JT3D
2. General Electric CF6
3. General Electric GE90

I love McDonnell Douglas aircrafts, especially the DC-10.

Re: Your favorite engine

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:53 pm
by Copperhead
Guess we list these in order of favorites?

1. General Electric YF120, the first VCT and essentially better than the YF119/F119 in every conceivable way.
2. Pratt & Whitney R4360 Wasp Major, more specifically the -51 VDT, one of the most powerful piston engines developed for aircraft and the best, at least for the role that it was intended to fill.
3. General Electric GE4, the most powerful afterburning engine.
4. General Electric F404/F414 family of engines.
5. General Electric F101/F110 family of engines.

I may hold a moderate bias for General Electric jet engines and Pratt & Whitney radial engines.

Re: Your favorite engine

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:00 am
by Not1011
Welshy wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:03 pm
PT6C, the quality of that is unrivaled. In work at never seemed to have issues with them on 139s
Are you a helicopter pilot IRL? Just asking.

The PT6C and PT6A are pretty much the same engine, differing only in purposes. The -C is a turboshaft, the -A is a turboprop.

The Brits have a weird way of naming engines; they give them very posh and fancy names. Bristol Pegasus, RR Dart, RR Merlin, RR Conway, de Havilland Gyron Junior, etc etc. The Americans are highly utilitarian, on the other hand, by using alphanumerical designations. The Allison T56, P&W JT3D, P&WC PT6, Garrett TPE331. You'll almost never see a British engine being referred to by its designation, and you'll never see a name on an American engine. In fact, what I have just stated goes for aviation in general: Viscount vs L-188, Hunter vs F-86, Trident vs 727. Designations were used by the Brits only after the VC10 entered service.

Re: Your favorite engine

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:38 am
by Welshy
Not1011 wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:00 am
Welshy wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:03 pm
PT6C, the quality of that is unrivaled. In work at never seemed to have issues with them on 139s
Are you a helicopter pilot IRL? Just asking.

The PT6C and PT6A are pretty much the same engine, differing only in purposes. The -C is a turboshaft, the -A is a turboprop.

The Brits have a weird way of naming engines; they give them very posh and fancy names. Bristol Pegasus, RR Dart, RR Merlin, RR Conway, de Havilland Gyron Junior, etc etc. The Americans are highly utilitarian, on the other hand, by using alphanumerical designations. The Allison T56, P&W JT3D, P&WC PT6, Garrett TPE331. You'll almost never see a British engine being referred to by its designation, and you'll never see a name on an American engine. In fact, what I have just stated goes for aviation in general: Viscount vs L-188, Hunter vs F-86, Trident vs 727. Designations were used by the Brits only after the VC10 entered service.
Winch Operator by trade, looked at chopping across to the pilot branch but sod doing a full CPL(H) course.

We give them designations but don't use them unless we have to, much easier to pronounce a name and you're referring to families generally, Spey includes generator units and Marine Spey engines.

You're confusing the way the VC10 was used as a designation and a name. It's purely that way due to it being a Vickers aircraft and the long time British past time of using alliterated names. More than likely if it had entered military service from the start it would have been named although it was never planned for that as VC10 only exists because VC7/V.1000 was a failure.

Re: Your favorite engine

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:32 pm
by MD5Ray01
Not quite in order, but here's a few of my favorites:
Wright R-1820-97 "Cyclone" - this is the engine that was used in one of my favorite WWII bombers (the B-17G Flying Fortress)
General Electric TF34-GE-100A - The engine of of my favorite aircraft (the A-10A Thunderbolt II)
Allison V-1710-39 - It's used on another one of my favorite warbirds (the P-40 Warhawk)
General Electric F404 - used on a few more of my favorite aircraft (F/A-18, X-29, and F-117, amongst other aircraft)