Derwent 8 Aero Engine

Accession Number REL/12328.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Aircraft component
Physical description Metal
Maker Rolls Royce
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c. 1950
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953

Derwent Mk 8 Centrifugal flow jet engine from a Gloster Meteor jet fighter. The engine is missing one of its upper starboard combustion chambers.

History / Summary

The Derwent was an engine designed for the later variants of the Gloster Meteor jet fighter. This aircraft, initially powered by Welland engines, entered RAF service in 1944 as the first jet-powered aircraft to see operational service with the Allied forces. The derwent engine followed the Welland, and was later succeeeded by the Nene engine. This engine was flown in an aircraft operated by No. 77 Squadron RAAF over Korea.