re: aircraft engine names

Date:         07 Jul 96 14:09:04 
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Steve Lacker <> wrote:-

>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.

Rolls Royce name(d) their jet engines after rivers ie, Conway (VC10,707),
Spey (1-11, Phantom) etc. Personnally I think Trent is quite a classy name
for their most powerful engine. Don't ask me where the river actually is :)