Sunbeam Aero Engines

Alec Brew

The first great British aero engine manufacturer Sunbeam made a vital contribution to victory in the First World War. Fitted to the first aircraft to torpedo a ship, the only one to fly at Jutland, they saw service on 3 continents. Sunbeams powered the R.34 airship, the first to fly the Atlantic east to west, and land speed record-breaking cars.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
185 black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557945
Pages : 159
Dimensions : 9.76 X 6.77 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The first great British aircraft engine manufacturer, the Sunbeam Motor Car Company turned to the sunrise industry of aviation in 1912, and was among the first to buy an aircraft to test their engines, flown by a full-time test pilot, the famous Jack Alcock. Through the First World War Sunbeam was a vital supplier, of both engines and aircraft, particularly to the Royal Naval Air Service. Consistently, Sunbeams were the most powerful British engines available, and they were fitted to the first aircraft to torpedo an enemy ship, the only aircraft to fly at the Battle of Jutland, and the first seaplanes to operate in the heart of Africa. After the War they powered the greatest of British Airships the R.34, the first aircraft to fly the Atlantic east to west, and the first to make the double crossing, and the R.33, the British dirigible with the highest flying hours. As Sunbeam reverted to car manufacture their aero engines were fitted to a succession of land speed record-breaking cars, including the first to exceed 150 mph and the first to exceed 200 mph, ironically, faster than any Sunbeam-powered aircraft.

About The Author

Alec Brew is an author and historian.

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