Earlier today the museum took delivery of two engines that have been gifted to the collection by the Royal Air Force Museum (RAFM), Hendon.
The engines in question are a Rolls-Royce Merlin and a Gnome Omega (50hp) Rotary engine; they became available for acquisition following the RAFM’s review of its current holdings in various parts of the Collection.
The Gnome Omega had been in display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, while the Merlin had been held in the RAFM Store at Stafford. Both engines were collected on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 by Newark based company Gillivers Haulage, whose role was co-ordinated by our Acquisitions Officer, David Hibbert.
The engines fill gaps in our extensive engine collection and will go on display in Hangar 1 with immediate effect. The Gnome will be displayed alongside the Lee Richards Annular biplane and the Merlin will be displayed in Lancaster Corner.