Lycoming XR-7755-3, Radial 36 Engine

Lycoming XR-7755-3, Radial 36 Engine

     

The XR-7755-3 is the largest, most powerful reciprocating aircraft engine in the world. During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Forces requested an engine with high takeoff power and low fuel consumption for a yet-to-be designed long-range bomber and transport. Lycoming began designing the engine in early 1944, and it was ready for testing by mid-1946. It featured nine dual-lobe overhead camshafts, which shifted axially for takeoff and cruising efficiency, and a two-speed, geared, dual-rotation propeller drive.

Lycoming built two XR 7755-3 prototypes. The company and the Army successfully tested them, but neither engine ever flew in an airframe. The proven reliability of the new gas turbine engines introduced after World War II made the XR 7755-3 obsolete before it could be fully developed. This artifact is the sole survivor.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force Museum.

Physical Description:
Weight: 2,783 kg (6,130 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lycoming (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

Date
1945

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

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Diameter 154.9 cm (61 in.), Length 308.2 cm (121.35 in.)

The XR-7755-3 is the largest, most powerful reciprocating aircraft engine in the world. During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Forces requested an engine with high takeoff power and low fuel consumption for a yet-to-be designed long-range bomber and transport. Lycoming began designing the engine in early 1944, and it was ready for testing by mid-1946. It featured nine dual-lobe overhead camshafts, which shifted axially for takeoff and cruising efficiency, and a two-speed, geared, dual-rotation propeller drive.

Lycoming built two XR 7755-3 prototypes. The company and the Army successfully tested them, but neither engine ever flew in an airframe. The proven reliability of the new gas turbine engines introduced after World War II made the XR 7755-3 obsolete before it could be fully developed. This artifact is the sole survivor.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force Museum.

Physical Description:
Weight: 2,783 kg (6,130 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lycoming (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

Date
1945

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

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Diameter 154.9 cm (61 in.), Length 308.2 cm (121.35 in.)

ID: A19781379000