ROLLS-ROYCE MERLIN ENGINE

Lutterworth Museum have a working Merlin Engine, which is used for group visits. Contact Geoff Smith on 07906 303643 or email alijgeoff@aol.com   to arrange your group visit

Lutterworth Museum have a working Merlin Engine, which is used for group visits. Contact Geoff Smith on 07906 303643 or email alijgeoff@aol.com   to arrange your group visit

 

Merlin Engine ....the Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s–1940s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Although overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60 percent of the RAF air victories in the battle. It served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.

The Hurricane originated from discussions during the early 1930s between RAF officials and British aircraft designer Sir Sydney Camm on the topic of a proposed monoplanederivative of the Hawker Fury biplane.

Despite an institutional preference at the time for biplanes and repeated lack of interest by the Air Ministry, Hawker chose to continue refining their monoplane proposal, which resulted in the incorporation of several innovations that would become critical to wartime fighter aircraft, including retractable undercarriage and a more powerful engine in the form of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

Geoff Smith (Chairperson) received the Cheque from Gwyn Stubbings  Gazely MD enabling Lutterworth & District Museum to purchase an actual working Merlin Engine which is now on display at the Museum. Thank you to Everyone at Gazely for supporting this project and for their kind support enabling the Museum to purchase a unique and brilliant assest.

MP Welcomes Lutterworth Museum Merlin Engine

New Addition

Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire Alberto Costa MP has welcomed Lutterworth & District Museum excellent new installation of a 77-year-old World War Two Fighter Plane engine recovered form a drowned plan during the Battle of Britain in 1940. The Engine is from a Hawker Hurricane Mk1 that was shot down over Swanage during the Battle of Britain in 1940. The Hurricane which sustained heavy fire from a Messerchmidt Bf109s during the battle was able to return within a few miles of an RAF base before the pilot baled out uninjured while the plane itself crashed in a field nearby

Mr Costa said, The Town of Lutterworth has a very proud aviation history with Sir Frank Whittle association to the area and this incredible piece of history is a very welcome and particularly interesting addition.

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