Flight’s 100 – name your power pick

To celebrate 100 years of Flight International, we want to discover the "100 Greatest" in aviation; by determining the top twenty civil aircraft, military aircraft, engine, people & moments. Here the best engine is put forward!

Flight International is 100 years old this year, and the “100 Greatest” forum on flightglobal’s AirSpace wants nominations for the best civil aircraft, military aircraft, engines, people and moments of the past 100 years.To kick things off on the “100 greatest engines”, I have nominated the Rolls-Royce Nene. Something of an off-the-wall choice, I know. But as well as powering some key British and American aircraft, the Nene gave several countries their first taste of jet power – notoriously the Soviet Union, where Nenes provided by the British government were reverse-engineered to produce the MiG-15′s engine.R-R%20Nene%20engine%20installation.jpgR-R’s Nene – worthy of the ’100 greatest’? (from Flight’s cutaway archive)So far, the popular vote is going to General Electric’s J79, the afterburning turbojet produced by the thousands to power Lockheed F-104s and McDonnell Douglas F-4s, as well as the B-58 Hustler and A-5 Vigilante. Other countries have had equally pivotal fighter powerplants, notably Britain’s Rolls-Royce Avon, France’s Snecma Atar and Russia’s Tumanksy R-11. Think they belong on the “100 greatest”? Then get busy nominating!


Do you agree with this choice?Why not nominate your own favourite of the following categores in our "100 Greatest" area:

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2 Responses to Flight’s 100 – name your power pick

  1. Roy Tilley 29 January, 2008 at 2:26 am #

    Re the best 100, my nomination for the greatest man, is the late Dr Sir Stanley Hooker. As you will see from his autobiography “Not Much of an Engineer”, he vastly improved the design of the superchargers for the Rolls-Royce Merlin fitted to the Supermarine Spitfire at the start of WWII. He then led development of turbojets in the UK up to and including the RR/Bristol Pegasus engine for the Harrier jump-jet, and finally pulled RR out of the financial mire by getting the RB211 up and running successfully and economically.

  2. theworacle 30 January, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    Good pick. I hope we see a lot of engineers in the 100 greatest people. I think I would nominate the Skunk Works’ Kelly Johnson, but perhaps I should pick Hawker’s Sir Sydney Camm…

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