rotary aero engines

Visited my parents this weekend and borrowed a rather interesting book on
entitled "The Rotary Aero Engines". It is a Science Museum publication
(HMSO) written by Andrew Nahum and I commend it to anyone interested in such
Before the cries of OT go up, did you know that perhaps the best know
manufacturers of this type of engine, the Societe des Moteurs Gnome, was
originally set up in 1906 to build stationary industrial engines - anybody
ever seen one?
BTW, the name Gnome was apparently supposed to conjure up images of a
'sturdy little worker' rather than a plaster figure with a fishing rod!
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Nick H
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The company was setup by Louis Seguin on June 6 1905, he had bought a license to manufacture the Gnom(e) stationary engine from Motorenfabrik Oberursel in Germany.
A pic:
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Reliability must have been an issue after seeing what GNOM was the suggested acronym for, who says the Germans didn't have a sense of humour? :-)
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The power of the NG - not only a sighting but a picture! Thanks Tom. I wonder if the cynical acronym was any more deserved than the well known 'Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious' ;-)
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Nick H
"J K Siddorn" wrote
French - System Essential Contre American
UK etc - Peace At Last!
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Nick H
"Nick H" wrote I wonder if the cynical acronym was any more deserved than the well known 'Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious' ;-)-
- or the American TV broadcasting format Never The Same Colour 2 (twice) ;o))
I thought the Science Museum book on rotaries was excellent and have (I think) seen it recommended here before. Readers of this kind of thing will also enjoy the book on Napiers, "Napier powered" by Alan Vessey, ISBN 0-7524-0766 - X. It is a comprehensive (if small) book on the company, lots of pictures of the varied applications that the company's engines served, at least some of them stationary or sedentary.
Kim Siddorn
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J K Siddorn
Readers of this kind of thing will
Many years back I visited a small museum and was bowled over by the Napier Railton record breaking car. It may have been stationary at the time but certainly not sedentary. Apparently one of it's uses was to test aircraft braking parachutes during WW2. That must have been a sight and sound worth witnessing. I would have given an awful lot to have the job of driver. The car is now in the Brooklands Museum.
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John Manders
I also enjoyed this, but I found an awful lot of autobiography in it, some about the company, but very little about engines. I'd still be interested to see an engineering history of Napier's products - they were one of the least conventional of the British engine makers.
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Andy Dingley

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