New England Air Museum
Bradley V-8


Gift in memory of Rudolph Degen by Mrs. Emma Degen and Robert Degen


Because little information can be found regarding the Bradley engine, its designer, builder or place of manufacture, it is believed that very few were built. Typical of the early V-8 air-cooled designs, it may have been an off-shoot of the Bradley motorcycle engine. This example, purchased second-hand in 1912 by Rudolph Degen of New Durham, New Jersey, for his home-built airplane, is probably the only one remaining. The engine was built in 1911 and produced 50 hp with a displacement of 267 cubic inches.

This engine is located in the Civilian Hangar as part of the Aviation Pioneers exhibit.

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Type: 8-cylinder, air-cooled, "V" piston engine
Displacement: 267 cu. in.
Power Output: 50 hp
NEAM Id: 34


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