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blank 12/29/09 03:09PM Aircraft Engines, Events, Palm Springs Air Museum, Warbirds, WWII

Pure Power: Everything You Wanted to Know About The Aircraft Engines at Palm Springs

Palm Springs Air Museum

On Saturday, January 16, 2010, between 12:30 and 2:00 PM, the Palm Springs Air Museum offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of aircraft engines. At the heart of every airplane is its engine. After all, it’s the engine that separates airplanes from gliders and kites. While today’s airplanes are mainly jet engines – big tubes with a fire inside – warbird engines came in a variety of shapes and sizes, and many proudly wear their parts on the outside.

Come and find out about Radials, Inline, V, and Axial Flow engines. Which engines have low and high blowers? Which engines have from four or eighteen cylinders? Find out the different uses for the turbo and liquid-cooled engines. From the Stearman to the P-47 to the B-17, come see the evolution of engines by different manufacturers.  Topics are: 12:30: basic engine operations and radial engines; 1:15: Liquid cool engines and 2:00 PM: jet engines. (see below for specifics on the engines and planes).

Saturday programs are sponsored in part by the City of Indian Wells.

Individual admission price ranges from $5.00 -$12.00 (Discounts not valid on Saturdays)

Children 5 and under plus active military with ID are free.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to Preserve, Educate and Honor.  Over 28 flyable planes and interactive exhibits are housed in 75,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangars.


745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-6262 / www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org

The specific engines to be shown and discussed are:  The Inverted Inline, Air-cooled Ryan engine; the radial super turbo-charge system of the B-17; the axial flow jet engine used in the F-14 Tomcat: the centrifugal flow jet engine inside the T-33; the liquid-cooled V engines of the P-40, Spitfire and the P-51 Mustang and the arrangement of the V-12 engine inside the P-63; the radial engine of the Stearman, the updraft carburetor of the Corsair and the unique configuration of the P-47’s engine – the Army Air Corps’ only single engine fighter with a super turbo charged engine and 7 sets of ducts!

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