Menasco Buccaneer B6S Inverted Engine, Charles A. Lindbergh, In-line 6 Engine

The Menasco Manufacturing Corporation was established in 1926 in Los Angeles. Between 1928 and 1929, the company began developing the first of a series of inverted, inline air-cooled engines that became its design hallmark. The advantages of this design included improved pilot visibility, a high propeller centerline, and streamlined, low-drag installation.

Company President Al Menasco had a personal interest in high performance engines, and 4- and 6-cylinder Menasco engines powered many small racing aircraft to victory in the 1930s. The supercharged Model B6S was type certificated in 1934. A B6S powered the Howard DGA-4 "Mike" aircraft, which raced successfully in the Thompson and Greve Trophy competitions. The engine displayed here powered a British Miles Mohawk owned by Charles Lindbergh and used by him on flights in Europe, India, and Asia in 1937 and 1938.

Gift of John Nessen.

Physical Description:
Weight: 180.5 kg (398 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Menasco Manufacturing Co.

Date
Circa 1934

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Materials
Aluminum, Steel, Copper, Rubber, Preservative coating, Paint, Textile, Phenolic
Dimensions
Height 71.9 cm (28.3 in.), Length 151 cm (59.4 in.), Width 30.1 cm (11.9 in.)

The Menasco Manufacturing Corporation was established in 1926 in Los Angeles. Between 1928 and 1929, the company began developing the first of a series of inverted, inline air-cooled engines that became its design hallmark. The advantages of this design included improved pilot visibility, a high propeller centerline, and streamlined, low-drag installation.

Company President Al Menasco had a personal interest in high performance engines, and 4- and 6-cylinder Menasco engines powered many small racing aircraft to victory in the 1930s. The supercharged Model B6S was type certificated in 1934. A B6S powered the Howard DGA-4 "Mike" aircraft, which raced successfully in the Thompson and Greve Trophy competitions. The engine displayed here powered a British Miles Mohawk owned by Charles Lindbergh and used by him on flights in Europe, India, and Asia in 1937 and 1938.

Gift of John Nessen.

Physical Description:
Weight: 180.5 kg (398 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Menasco Manufacturing Co.

Date
Circa 1934

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Materials
Aluminum, Steel, Copper, Rubber, Preservative coating, Paint, Textile, Phenolic
Dimensions
Height 71.9 cm (28.3 in.), Length 151 cm (59.4 in.), Width 30.1 cm (11.9 in.)

ID: A19560065000