|Type:||7-cylinder, single-row, rotary, piston|
|Displacement:||488.5 cu. in|
|Power Output:||50 hp @ 1,200 rpm|
Gift of John C. Usher
The French Gnome engine company was the first to produce successful and widely produced rotary engines for aviation beginning in 1908. In 1913, previous two-value cylinders were redesigned to have only one-value (monosoupape) to simply the design and improve durability. A British aircraft designer declared it “one of the greatest single advances in aviation.”
The Omage powered a large range of early aircraft manuafacturers including: Avro, Blackburn, Bleriot, Bristol, Farman, Royal Aircraft Factory, Short, Sopwith, Vickers and Voisin among others.
Please contact Nick Hurley, Museum Curator, by phone at 860-623-3305 X318, or by email if you have any information or comments on the Gnome 7 Omega.