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Bristol Centaurus

The Engine Specifications
The Centaurus was the ultimate piston engine developed by Bristol for use in World War II and the immediate post-war period.  First run in 1938 and type tested in 1939 at 2,000 hp, the importance of this engine wasn't recognized until 1943.
18-cylinder, air-cooled, twin-row, radial piston engine
Sleeve valves
Displacement: 3,270 cubic inches
Bore x stroke: 5.75 x 7 inches (53.6 liters)
Models Used by
Centaurus 18: 2,480 hp (1849 kW) 
Hawker Sea Fury
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