Kansas Aviation Museum


Powered Flight

We have a wide variety of engines on display, from some of the earliest aircraft power plants to jet turbines. An automobile engine pressed into aircraft service. Even a steam engine, if you can imagine that. Get a first-hand look at the variety of engines that have made aircraft go over the years.

Garrett fan-jet from a Learjet. It is typical of modern corporate jet engines.
PT6 prop-jet, serial No. 20002. Nos. 20001 & 20002 were the first pair of PT6s mounted on an airplane more than 30 years ago. This is now the most common prop-jet engine.
Allison J-35. This was removed from a 1948 Republic F-84C Thunderjet, and weighs 2,366 pounds.
Crosley automobile engine. Converted by Al Mooney for one of his first Mooney Mite aircraft. The Mooney aircraft company started in Wichita, but later moved to its present location in Kerrville, Texas.
McCulloch. A 6-cylinder air-cooled engine, built in 1962 by the McCulloch Manufacturing Co. of Los Angeles.
Franklin. A 6-cylinder air-cooled engine.
Allison T-40. Developing 5,500 horsepower, the T-40 was developed for the United States Navy in the mid-1940s.
Curtiss OXX6. Manufactured in 1908.
Continental. Manufactured in 1958 with 6 cylinders and 175 hp.
Large radial Jacobs. World War II vintage. Called “Shaky Jake” because this radial engine had a very pronounced vibration.
Four-cylinder steam engine developed in 1914-1916. Supposedly actually flew in a plane.
Kemp. A 4-cyclinder 1911 inline. Our oldest engine, showing the simple operation of pre-WWI engines.
Turbocharger used on a B-29 engine.


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