|Type:||12-cylinder, “V”, liquid-cooled, supercharged, reciprocating piston|
|Displacement:||1,649 cu. in.|
|Power Output:||1,300 hp @ 3,000 rpm|
The V-12 Merlin is one of the most iconic aircraft engines of World War II. Designed by Rolls-Royce it was first run in 1933. Over its production run, there were about 50 variants developed with over 160,000 engines manufactured. The Museum's is one of approximately 60,000 manufactured under license by Packard Motor Company. It is a V-1650 version of the Rolls-Royce Model XX and was used in Curtiss P-40F fighter and the Avro Lancaster heavy bomber. Other variants of the Merlin powered some of the most famous aircraft of the was including the de Havilland Mosquito, the Handley Page Halifax, the Hawker Hurricane, the Supermarine Spitfire, and the P-51D Mustang.
This engine fought in North Africa with the 66th Fighter Squadron on the 57th Fighter group and was removed for overhaul from a P-40L Warhawk in Libya.
Please contact Nick Hurley, Museum Curator, by email if you have any information or comments on the Packard V-1650-1 Merlin.