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Bristol BE.26 Orpheus

The Engine  Specifications
Despite a lack of support by the British Government, Bristol was convinced there was a market for a small axial engine and designed the BE.26 Orpheus.  The Orpheus first flew in 1955 powering a Folland Gnat.

The Orpheus was selected by all the contenders of the NATO light-fighter contest.  Thousands were built by Bristol Engines, Fiat, KHD and Hindustan Aeronautics.

Compressor: 7-stage axial
turbine: single-stage
 Models  Used by
Orpheus 701: 4,520 lb (20.1 kN) thrust
Orpheus 803: 5,000 lb (22.2 kN) thrust
Fiat/Aeritalia G.91
Folland FO.141 Gnat
 Related Pages
More about Bristol Aero-Engines
More about Fiat
More about Hindustan Aeronautics

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