From: "Philip Morten" <email@example.com> Organization: IBM UK Laboratories, Hursley Park, England. Date: 07 Jul 96 14:09:04 References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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Steve Lacker wrote: > > On a less-than-serious note.... > > Under the 'UAL 747' thread, Graeme Cant mentioned the Britannia and early > problems with the Proteus turboprop engines. > > Where have all the engine names gone? :-) 'Proteus' is probably my all time > favorite, but 'Dart', 'Olympus', 'Merlin', 'Eland' (a Napier turboprop), and > 'Griffon' are all in the running. 'Nene' is right out, though :-) > > The British are the undisputed champions at naming engines, I think that we > Americans gave up the practice after the 'Liberty' engines. But even the > British are falling short today- 'Trent', 'Tay', and 'Spey' don't do much to > stir the imagination. British manufacturers named their engines like this: Rolls-Royce Piston engines Birds of prey Condor, Kestrel, Falcon Gas turbines Rivers Derwent, Nene, Tay Bristol Mythology Jupiter, Pegasus, Hercules Napier Piston engines Edged weapons Sabre, Rapier, Javelin Gas turbines Deer etc Gazelle, Eland Metropoliton Vickers Precious stones Beryl, Sapphire Armstrong Siddeley Piston engines Cats Cheetah, Lynx Gas turbines Snakes Adder, Viper de Havilland Gas turbines G* Goblin, Ghost, Gyron As these all eventually merged into Rolls Royce all we get today are rivers.