801-ML (801C)

801-ML (801C) aircraft engine at the New England Air Museum


Type:   14-cylinder, supercharged, two-row, air-cooled radial
Displacement:   2,560 cu. in.
Weight:   2,226 lbs.
Power Output:   1,540 hp @ 2,700 rpm
NEAM Id:   13
Location:   Military Hangar

The 801 was the first high-performance air-cooled radial engine designed and built in Germany during World War II. In all its variants, it was the most produced German radial with over 28,000 built. Its lineage can be traced back to the Bramo Firm who obtained a license in the 1930's to produce the Pratt & Whitney Hornet engine. BMW purchased Bramo and used the Bramo designs as the basis for the 801.

Aircraft powered by variants of the 801 include:

  • Dornier Do 217
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 190
  • Heinkel He 277
  • Junkers Ju 188, Ju 288, Ju 388, Ju 290, Ju 390
  • Messerschmitt Me 264

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