FOR2020 13 RR Merlin by golftragic

FOR2020 13 RR Merlin

Definitely not pretty, although that depends on one's point of view, but arguably one of the most important factors in the RAF winning the aerial Battle for Britain in 1941. This is a beautifully restored Rolls-Royce 12-cylinder Merlin engine, the very same engine that powered the legendary Spitfire fighter planes. Quite incredible to find such a gem in this museum. I'm lost in admiration at the loving restoration of this nearly 70-year old wonder.
Well. Vroom vroom.
What a great piece of history and engineering
February 13th, 2020  
What a great choice!
February 13th, 2020  
Great info
February 13th, 2020  
Wonderful image Marnie!! So interesting!! We have two restored Spitfires at our local airfield - Sywell Airdrome and they attract lots of visitors especially when they have them flying. I have only seen one of them being brought out of it's hanger onto the grass. What a sound the engine makes!!
February 13th, 2020  
The iconic sound of this engine in a Spitfire still brings tears to my eyes every time. Wonderful engine.
February 13th, 2020  
Never looked at a motor so carefully before
February 14th, 2020  
@graemestevens Absolutely!! And so lovingly restored from something like 950 parts.
February 14th, 2020  
@fbailey Thanks FB, the place of this engine in our history is well worth a photo methinks.
February 14th, 2020  
@momamo Thank you.
February 14th, 2020  
@pamknowler Oh wow, I'd love to see them, especially in the air. I was born in the middle of WW2, Dad was in the RAAF and I grew up fascinated with aircraft.
February 14th, 2020  
@casablanca Oh wow, I've never actually heard the sound of a Spitfire, but I think the same engine was used for Hurricanes too - and I've heard and seen one of them in flight.
February 14th, 2020  
@jgpittenger This engine has such an important place in WW2 that I just had to record this sighting.
February 14th, 2020  
A real gem!
February 14th, 2020  
Wonderful
February 14th, 2020  
Leave a Comment
Sign up for a free account or Sign in to post a comment.