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Mystery Bristol Siddeley engine in Smithsonian storage facility

overscan (PaulMM)

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TSRJoe sent me this picture of a Bristol Siddeley engine in storage at the Smithsonian facility at Silver Hill he took recently. Can anyone identify it?
 

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Precisely, no. I'd venture a guess from the accessory arrangement and the obvious front nozzle, and it's position, that it's a Pegasus without the aft nozzles and exhaust duct. The Pegasus is the only engine I know of with the accessories on top and the nozzle position clearly shows that PCB wasn't fitted as that usually resulted in a lower nozzle location relative to the engine centerline.
 

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I wonder if it could be from the NASA XV-6A in the NASM? It would make sense to remove and store the engine if you're going to suspend the aircraft, and it would explain why the nozzles aren't there.
 

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That would make sense. A close look at the accessories and fan case can reveal the type of Pegasus. However, when I try to open the large version of the pic for a look I get 'zero file size' message.
 

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