Clement V-2 Engine

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This engine powered the Santos-Dumont Airship Number Nine in 1903. It performed two tasks: propulsion and the operation of a belt-driven blower to pressurize the airship’s envelope. Although designed for the Clement Autocyclette motorcycle, it was easily converted to aeronautical use because of its light weight and adequate power.

Gift of Edward C. Boyce

Physical Description:
Weight: 12.0 kg (26.4 lb)

Country of Origin
France

Manufacturer
Clement, France

Date
1903

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Early Flight

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Materials
Metal, wood, leather
Dimensions
Height 76.2 cm (30 in.), Length 63.5 cm (25 in.), Width 81.3 cm (32 in.)

This engine powered the Santos-Dumont Airship Number Nine in 1903. It performed two tasks: propulsion and the operation of a belt-driven blower to pressurize the airship’s envelope. Although designed for the Clement Autocyclette motorcycle, it was easily converted to aeronautical use because of its light weight and adequate power.

Gift of Edward C. Boyce

Physical Description:
Weight: 12.0 kg (26.4 lb)

Country of Origin
France

Manufacturer
Clement, France

Date
1903

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Early Flight

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Materials
Metal, wood, leather
Dimensions
Height 76.2 cm (30 in.), Length 63.5 cm (25 in.), Width 81.3 cm (32 in.)

ID: A19080001000