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Daimler-Benz DB 605

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This object is on display in the World War II Aviation exhibition at the National Mall building.


Developed from the DB-600 engine first produced in November 1937, the DB-600 series was used primarily in Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters. In 1939, a Messerschmitt 209V1, using a DB-605ARJ engine, set a world's record of 755 km/hr (469.22 mph) which was not broken by a propeller driven aircraft until 1969.

Inverted mounting provided better visibility, lower center of gravity, and improved maintenance access. In the Bf 109, a cannon was mounted between the engine banks and fired through a propeller hub. The DB-601A in the Bf 109E, used fuel injection instead of a carburetor, a great asset in combat since the engine did not cut out under negative g forces. This engine was also used in some Heinkel 111s and license-built versions in the Macchi MC.202 Folgore and several Japanese aircraft.

A total of 42,405 DB 605 engines were produced of 74,896 DB 600 series engines, more than any other model.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force Museum.

Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft

Date: 1943

Country of Origin: Germany

Dimensions: Length 174 cm (68.5 in.), Width 71.9 cm (28.3 in.), Height 101.1 cm (39.8 in.)

Physical Description:Type: Reciprocating, Inverted V, 12 cylinders, liquid-cooled, geared drive Power rating: 1,100 kW (1,475 hp) at 2,800 rpm Displacement: 35.7 L (2,179 cu in) Bore and Stroke: 154 mm (6.1 in) x 160 mm (6.3 in) Weight: 745 kg (1,642 lb)

Inventory number: A19670086000

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