Wright (Armstrong Siddeley) Sapphire J65-W-16A Turbojet Engine

Wright (Armstrong Siddeley) Sapphire J65-W-16A Turbojet Engine

     

In 1950, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, a division of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, entered the aircraft gas turbine business when its President Roy T. Hurley traveled to Britain and obtained licenses to manufacture and sell the Bristol Olympus turbojet and Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire turbojet in the U.S. Wright qualified the Sapphire as the military J65, and production began in 1952 and ended in 1957. A total of 10,023 J65 engines were built by Wright and Buick. It powered aircraft such as the Republic F-84 Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash, the Martin B-57A and RB-57B Canberra, the North American FJ-3 and FJ-4 Fury, Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk, Grumman F-11 Tiger, and Chance-Vought Regulus missile.

This J65-W-16A artifact was removed from the museum's Douglas A-4C Skyhawk jet aircraft. A total of 1,288 J65-W-16A engines were built for the North American FJ-3 and FJ-4 between December 1955 and December 1958.

Transferred from the U.S. Navy

Physical Description:
Weight: 1,244 kg (2,742 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
Armstrong Siddeley
Manufacturer
Wright Aeronautical

Date
Circa 1960

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Sea-Air Operations

Type
PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet)

Dimensions
Length 309.6 cm (121.9 in.), Diameter 95.3 cm (37.5 in.)

In 1950, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, a division of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, entered the aircraft gas turbine business when its President Roy T. Hurley traveled to Britain and obtained licenses to manufacture and sell the Bristol Olympus turbojet and Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire turbojet in the U.S. Wright qualified the Sapphire as the military J65, and production began in 1952 and ended in 1957. A total of 10,023 J65 engines were built by Wright and Buick. It powered aircraft such as the Republic F-84 Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash, the Martin B-57A and RB-57B Canberra, the North American FJ-3 and FJ-4 Fury, Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk, Grumman F-11 Tiger, and Chance-Vought Regulus missile.

This J65-W-16A artifact was removed from the museum's Douglas A-4C Skyhawk jet aircraft. A total of 1,288 J65-W-16A engines were built for the North American FJ-3 and FJ-4 between December 1955 and December 1958.

Transferred from the U.S. Navy

Physical Description:
Weight: 1,244 kg (2,742 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Designer
Armstrong Siddeley
Manufacturer
Wright Aeronautical

Date
Circa 1960

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Sea-Air Operations

Type
PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet)

Dimensions
Length 309.6 cm (121.9 in.), Diameter 95.3 cm (37.5 in.)

ID: A19760757002