Murray Rotary Engine

Murray Rotary Engine

     

The Murray engine is the earliest American supercharged engine still in existence. In 1911, Joseph J. Murray began design of air-cooled, valveless, 2-stroke, supercharged rotary engines, with the first model tested early in 1912. The engines were developed by the Murray-Willat Company, and built by the American Motors and Aviation Company, where Murray briefly served as Secretary-Treasurer. Murray engines were built through 1914.

This model followed the earlier 18.6 kW (25-hp) and 52 kW (70-hp) engines, and used an improved vane-type supercharger. It was built by the American Motors and Aviation Company, where Murray briefly served as Secretary-Treasurer. The artifact is mounted on its original metal test stand.

Gift of Miss Vera C. Murray.

Physical Description:
Weight: 60 kg (132.3 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
Joseph J. Murray
Manufacturer
Murray-Willat Company

Date
1913

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Diameter 66 cm (25.98 in.)

The Murray engine is the earliest American supercharged engine still in existence. In 1911, Joseph J. Murray began design of air-cooled, valveless, 2-stroke, supercharged rotary engines, with the first model tested early in 1912. The engines were developed by the Murray-Willat Company, and built by the American Motors and Aviation Company, where Murray briefly served as Secretary-Treasurer. Murray engines were built through 1914.

This model followed the earlier 18.6 kW (25-hp) and 52 kW (70-hp) engines, and used an improved vane-type supercharger. It was built by the American Motors and Aviation Company, where Murray briefly served as Secretary-Treasurer. The artifact is mounted on its original metal test stand.

Gift of Miss Vera C. Murray.

Physical Description:
Weight: 60 kg (132.3 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
Joseph J. Murray
Manufacturer
Murray-Willat Company

Date
1913

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Diameter 66 cm (25.98 in.)

ID: A19640635000