New England Air Museum
Packard Merlin 224 (Rolls-Royce Merlin 24)


Packard Built Rolls-Royce Merlin

This engine is a Packard built Rolls-Royce "Merlin" engine manufactured in the U.S. It is based on the Rolls-Royce Merlin 24. Packard built engines were given a "2" prefix so this is a Merlin 224.

It flew in the famous World War II Avro Lancaster British bomber on missions over Germany in 1943 to 1944. The Mk. I, Mk. III and Mk. X versions of the Lancaster used the Merlin 224.

The Merlin is considered one of the most successful aircraft engines of the World War II. It first entered service in the Fairey "Battle" in March, 1936 and is most closely associated with the Hawker "Hurricane," Supermarine "Spitfire," North American P-51D "Mustang" and de Havilland "Mosquito."

The engine went through continuous development with production ending in 1960 with over 500,000 Rolls-Royce engines built and over 54,000 Packard models.

This engine is located in the main lobby near the cashier.

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Type: 12-cylinder, supercharged, liquid-cooled, "V" piston engine
Displacement: 1,649 cu. in.
Weight: 1,450 lbs.
Power Output: 1,640 hp @ 3,000 rpm
NEAM Id: 71


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