Continental C-125-2 Horizontally-opposed Engine

Continental C-125-2 Horizontally-opposed Engine

     

Continental C-125-2

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.

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:
Condition: Complete; front two cylinders and crankcase sectionalized; rotating display; on original engine mount and in plexiglas display case with labels.

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 C-125-2

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.

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:
Condition: Complete; front two cylinders and crankcase sectionalized; rotating display; on original engine mount and in plexiglas display case with labels.

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