Merlin P-51 Engine

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    Jay Leno discusses and fires up a 1,390 supercharged Merlin engine that was used in the famous P-51 WW II fighter.

     
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    The P-51 Mustang was a great aerodynamically designed aircraft that, initially, used the American-built Allison V-1710 engine. However,the engine had limited high-altitude performance. When the Allison was replaced with the British Rolls Royce Merlin engine, it transformed the aircraft's performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft., making it the premier fighter of WW II.

    The last version, the P-51D, was powered by then Packard V1650-7- a license built version of the two-speed two-stage supercharged Merlin 66.
     
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    I was an aviation machinist mate in the Navy. Although my generation had a “J” designation (jet), many of us did get some training and experience with piston engines (we called them “recips”). IMO, nothing is as exciting as firing up a big recip.
    I was fortunate enough to take a flight in a B-17 years ago and it was incredible!