An engineering tour-de-force, the Nomad is one of the most complex aircraft engines ever built. The British military needed a high-powered engine for use in long-range aircraft at the end of World War II. Napier designed the Nomad to have the lowest possible fuel consumption by compounding a two-stroke diesel engine with a gas turbine and transmitting the power through a propeller.
The Nomad II, a simplified version of the original design, appeared in 1951 and was intended for the four-engine Avro Shackleton long-range patrol bomber. However, a single Nomad II flew only briefly, in the nose of an Avro Lincoln bomber. Napier cancelled the program in 1955 because the Nomad could not compete with gas turbine engines.
Gift of Napier Aero Engines Ltd.
Missing data plate, 4 plugs, 3 ignition leads; on stand.