New England Air Museum
Rolls-Royce Nene II Cutaway


Gift of the National Museum of Naval Aviation


The Nene is a centrifugal compressor turbojet engine that produced 5,400 lbs of thrust. It was derived from the Whittle W.2 design and was the propulsion basis for two significant aircraft: the Grumman F9F "Panther" and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15.

Considered very powerful among early jet engines, it was manufactured under license in the U.S. by Pratt & Whitney as the J42. This example powered the prototype F9F-2 from March through October, 1948. It then became a U.S. Navy instructional cutaway in December, 1949.

Other aircraft to use the Nene included:

  • Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52
  • Avro Ashton, Tudor
  • Boulton Paul P.111, Paul P.120
  • Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
  • Dassault Ouragan
  • de Havilland Vampire
  • Handley Page HP 88
  • Hawker P-1052, P.1081, Sea Hawk
  • Supermarine Attacker
  • Vivkers Type 618 Nene-Viking

This engine is located in the connector between the Military and Civilian hangars.

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Type: Turbojet
Compressor: single-stage double-sided centrifugal
Turbine: Single-stage axial
Weight: 1,600 lbs.
Thrust: 5,400 lbs.
Maximum rpm: ~ 12,000
NEAM Id: 19


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