In mid-1951, Continental negotiated a licensing agreement with the French turbine engine company Turboméca for the technical, production, and marketing rights in the United States to the Marboré II turbojet. After an intense Continental marketing effort in 1952, Cessna selected the Marboré II (military designation J69) for its U.S. Air Force T-37 jet trainer, while Ryan Aeronautical chose it for some versions of its Ryan Firebee remotely piloted vehicle (RPV).
From 1954 through 1995, more than 6,900 J69s were produced for target and reconnaissance versions of the Firebee RPV. From 1955 through 1976, more than 3,000 were manufactured for the Cessna T-37. The J69-T-25A displayed here was manufactured in 1960 and powered the Cessna T-37B and C trainers.
Transferred from the Federal Aviation Administration, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Country of Origin: United States of America
Length 127.0 cm (50.0 in.), Diameter 63.2 cm (24.9 in.)
Thrust/speed: 4,561 N (1,025 lb thrust) at 21,730 rpm
Compressor: Single-stage centrifugal
Turbine: Single-stage axial
Weight: 165 kg (364 lb)