ROLLS ROYCE MERLIN PACKARD V-1650

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Specific Info

The Packard V-1650 Merlin is a version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, produced under license in the United States by the Packard Motor Car Company. The engine was licensed in order to expand production of the Rolls-Royce Merlin for British use. The engine also filled a gap in the U.S. at a time when similarly-powered American-made engines were not available.

 

The first V-1650s, with a one-stage supercharger, were used in the P-40F Kittyhawk fighter and in Canadian-built Hawker Hurricanes. Later versions based on the Merlin 60 series included a more advanced two-stage supercharger for improved performance at high altitudes. It found its most notable application in the North American P-51 Mustang fighter, improving the aircraft's performance so it could escort Allied heavy bombers from Britain to Germany and back.

 

Aircraft Powered by the Packard V-1650 Merlin include:

 

Avro Lancaster B.III/B.X

Bell XP-63

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

de Havilland Mosquito B.VII/B.25

Hawker Hurricane Mk.X, XI, XII

North American P-51 Mustang

North American P-82 Twin Mustang

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVI

 

 

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  • General Info

    The Packard V-1650 Merlin is a version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, produced under license in the United States by the Packard Motor Car Company. The engine was licensed in order to expand production of the Rolls-Royce Merlin for British use. The engine also filled a gap in the U.S. at a time when similarly-powered American-made engines were not available.

     

    The first V-1650s, with a one-stage supercharger, were used in the P-40F Kittyhawk fighter and in Canadian-built Hawker Hurricanes. Later versions based on the Merlin 60 series included a more advanced two-stage supercharger for improved performance at high altitudes. It found its most notable application in the North American P-51 Mustang fighter, improving the aircraft's performance so it could escort Allied heavy bombers from Britain to Germany and back.

     

    Aircraft Powered by the Packard V-1650 Merlin include:

     

    Avro Lancaster B.III/B.X

    Bell XP-63

    Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

    de Havilland Mosquito B.VII/B.25

    Hawker Hurricane Mk.X, XI, XII

    North American P-51 Mustang

    North American P-82 Twin Mustang

    Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVI

     

     

  • Specific Info

    Information Coming Soon.