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Aero Engine - Lanchester Motors Co. Ltd, RAF 1A, Birmingham, England, 1917 Object Reg. No: ST 014317

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The RAF 1A is a 90 horsepower, V8, air-cooled engine designed by the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough in the United Kingdom. This example was built under licence by the Lanchester Motor Company Ltd in Birmingham and carries the factory serial no. 2056 and War Department no. 2843. It is fitted with a Claudel-Hobson carburettor. The engine was acquired by the Museum from the Aircraft Disposal Company in London in 1922. The RAF 1A was most commonly fitted to B.E.2 series aircraft which were widely used in the early part of the First World War by the Royal Flying Corps for reconnaissance and bombing missions as well as pilot training.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: aero engines, internal combustion engines, claudel haubsson, claudel haubson, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aero Engines
Tertiary Classification: reciprocating propeller engines
Manufacturer: Lanchester Motors Co Ltd, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 17 Oct 1917

The Museum also has the correct propeller for this engine, donated in 1983 by Mr Martin McDowell of Townsville (ST 34598). A second identical propeller has been registered as ST 23991. The latter, however, has been modified and has also sustained operational and handling damage.

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Tony Nash Posted on 12 Jan 2010 4:49 PM
Hi,
I live in Birmingham, England, and hve recently been given a part propeller (one blade and the hub) very similar to the one you have. Is there any way I can put a value to it, so that I can pay the family it came from?
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Jan 2010 3:18 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Tony. Thanks for your enquiry. Museum Victoria does not provide valuations. We recommend contacting a valuer in the UK who is knowledgeable about plane parts. There are quite a number of aviation museums in the UK and one close to you may be able to recommend a local valuer. See the following website for a list of museums http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mus/uk/ukmus-home.htm

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