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

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 was 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
Overall: 3ft 2 1/2in. x 2ft 6in. x 5ft 10 1/2in., 398lb. (97.79 x 76.2 x 179.07cm, 180.5kg)
Approximate (Weighed with Stand by Cat Forklift): 656lb. (297.6kg)

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 was 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
Overall: 3ft 2 1/2in. x 2ft 6in. x 5ft 10 1/2in., 398lb. (97.79 x 76.2 x 179.07cm, 180.5kg)
Approximate (Weighed with Stand by Cat Forklift): 656lb. (297.6kg)

ID: A19560065000