Westinghouse J34 (24C)

Westinghouse J34 (24C) aircraft engine at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Turbojet
Turbine:   Two-stage axial
Compressor:   Single-spool, 11-stage axial
Weight:   1,207 lbs.
Power Output:   3,400 lbf maximum thrust
NEAM Id:   211
Location:   Military Hangar

This is a cutaway of Westinghouse's second and most successful jet engines. Westinghouse entered the aircraft gas turbine field in 1941 with a proposal for an axial-flow gas turbine which became the U.S. Navy model J30. The advantage of an axial-flow compressor is its lower frontal area compared to certrifugal compressors. The J34 then basically becoming enlarged version of the J30. Later models produced nearly 5,000 lbf of thrust with the addition of an afterburner. Overall approximately 5,000 engines were built. They continued development with the J46 which was again a larger and more powerful version of the J34.

Applications of the J34 included:

  • Convair F2Y Sea Dart
  • Douglas F3D Skyknight
  • Douglas X-3 Stiletto
  • Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
  • Lockheed P-2 Neptune
  • McDonnell F2H Banshee
  • Vought F6U Pirate
  • Vought F7U Cutlass

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