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Wright R-3350 Cyclone 18

The Engine Specifications
The R-3350 was one of the most powerful radial engines produced in the United States.  Using 18 cylinders of the R-2600, gave it a displacement of 3,342 cubic inches.  The crucial application was for the Boeing B-29.

The R-3350 was first run in 1937. The earliest flight I can find is on the XB-19 in 1941.  The Cyclone 18 became the engine of choice for large military and civilian aircraft into the 1950s.

Some later versions of the R-3350 were produced as "turbo compound" engines.  Three exhaust driven turbines converted about 20% of the exhaust gas heat energy into useful power.  These turbines drove a gearing mechanism that added power to the engine crankshaft.

18 cylinder, air-cooled, two-row radial
displacement: 3,342 cubic inches (54.8 liters)
bore x stroke: 6.125 x 6.3125 inches
Models Used by
R-3350-23: 2,200 hp (1641 kW) with turbocharger
R-3350-26B: 2,800 hp (2088 kW)
R-3350-32W: 3,500 hp (2610 kW) turbo-compound
R-3350-34: 2,200 hp (1641 kW)
R-3350-85: 3,500 hp (2610 kW)
R-3350-91: 3,250 hp (2424 kW)
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page updated 14 July 2003



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