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  •  Just a coupe of things... (6+ / 0-)

    Actually, the last of the 'big bangers' in recip terms, which was used in airliners, was the P & W 4360 of 28 cylinders. This went into the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (BOAC had 'em) and many other aircraft.

    The coolest recip engine for aircraft applications has to be the Wankel rotary (with absolutely NO cylinders!) and its various clones. This may be the recip of the future for light aircraft.

    The Rolls-Royce Conway was the first successful commercial turbofan (with a VERY modest bypass ratio!) It went into the 707s of various airlines, and the VC-10 amongst others. IIRC the bypass ratio was only 0.25

    Nice post, rec'd and tipped!

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