Continental A-65-8

Continental A-65-8 aircraft engine at the New England Air Museum


Type:   4-cylinder, air-cooled, horizontally-opposed, piston
Displacement:   171 cu. in
Weight:   170
Power Output:   65 hp @ 2,300 rpm
NEAM Id:   32
Location:   Civil Hangar

Gift of Central Connecticut State University

The A-65-8 is a horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine intended for use in light civilian and military aircraft. It was introduced in 1939 by Continental Motors Corp. of Muskegon, Michigan, with over 8,000 engines sold in the first two years. Thousands more were built after December 7, 1941 for the armed forces and was part of the military designation O-170 which also included the A-50, A-75 and A-80 variants.

Aircraft that used the A-65 include:

  • Aeronca S65C, S65CA, 65F, 65CA, New Chief, Champion
  • Airdrome Fokker D-VIII
  • Bearhawk LSA
  • Ercoupe 415C
  • Fisher Celebrity, Dakota Hawk
  • Hemly Aerogypt
  • Jameson RJJ-1 Gipsy Hawk
  • Piper J-3, J-4A
  • Rearwin Skyranger
  • Taylorcraft BC, BCS, BCS12, BCS1265, BCT, L-2, Tandem

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