Continental C-125-2 Horizontally-opposed Engine

Continental C-125-2 Horizontally-opposed Engine

     

Continental Motors was the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive engines during the 1920’s. Its earliest venture in aircraft engines during the mid-1920s was the radial type, but Continental only became successful in aviation with the horizontally opposed type. Using a four-stroke cycle, this aircraft engine converts reciprocating (piston) action into rotary (crankshaft) motion. The rotating crankshaft turns a propeller, which creates thrust and causes the aircraft to move forward.

The combination of the Continental A-65 engine and the Piper J-3 Cub airframe promoted the great growth of sport aviation by providing a dependable, inexpensive airplane with adequate performance and in sufficient quantity to support good service facilities at almost any airport.

This particular engine powered a 1940s-era Globe Swift GC-1B, a light general aviation aircraft. While aircraft piston engine technology has improved greatly over time, the basic operating principles have remained the same.

Gift of Michael H. Bednarek, Swift Museum Foundation, Inc., G. Porter Houston, and Robert H. Padgett

Physical Description:
Weight (dry): 116.6 kg (257 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Continental, Inc.

Date
1946

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
How Things Fly

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Length 101.3 cm (39.875 in.), Width 80 cm (31.5 in.), Height 67.9 cm (26.75 in.)

Continental Motors was the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive engines during the 1920’s. Its earliest venture in aircraft engines during the mid-1920s was the radial type, but Continental only became successful in aviation with the horizontally opposed type. Using a four-stroke cycle, this aircraft engine converts reciprocating (piston) action into rotary (crankshaft) motion. The rotating crankshaft turns a propeller, which creates thrust and causes the aircraft to move forward.

The combination of the Continental A-65 engine and the Piper J-3 Cub airframe promoted the great growth of sport aviation by providing a dependable, inexpensive airplane with adequate performance and in sufficient quantity to support good service facilities at almost any airport.

This particular engine powered a 1940s-era Globe Swift GC-1B, a light general aviation aircraft. While aircraft piston engine technology has improved greatly over time, the basic operating principles have remained the same.

Gift of Michael H. Bednarek, Swift Museum Foundation, Inc., G. Porter Houston, and Robert H. Padgett

Physical Description:
Weight (dry): 116.6 kg (257 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Continental, Inc.

Date
1946

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
How Things Fly

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Length 101.3 cm (39.875 in.), Width 80 cm (31.5 in.), Height 67.9 cm (26.75 in.)

ID: A19930085000