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Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan that used to power an RAF Phantom jet fighter. Weighing in at over 4,000 lb and producing over 20,500 lbf with the reheat (afterburner). Image: Mark J. Cairns


Astazou XII Turboprop engine in the Engine Room at the Ulster Aviation Society


The Aircraft Engine Room is a captivating, engineering exhibit within the Ulster Aviation Society.


Step into a world of power, innovation, and engineering marvels as you explore a vast collection of historical engines spanning from the Second World War to the modern era. Be captivated by the technological wonders that have shaped the way we soar through the skies.

It is a treasure trove of mechanical ingenuity, housing an impressive array of engines that have left an indelible mark on aviation history.

The room doesn't limit itself to just military engines alone. It also showcases engines used in commercial airliners, representing the evolution of air travel. From the reliable and efficient engines powering passenger jets to the cutting-edge technology that drives the latest generation of aircraft, this exhibit highlights the tremendous strides made in aviation propulsion systems over the decades.

As you delve deeper into the exhibit, you will encounter engines that played significant roles during the Cold War. The Rolls-Royce Spey, utilised in Phantom FG.1 jet fighters, represents a remarkable advancement in turbofan technology. Its power and reliability made it a trusted companion of the Royal Air Force, propelling these formidable aircraft to astonishing speeds and heights.


The RB-199, employed in the Tornado GR.4 jet fighters, showcases the evolution of engine design, combining high thrust with enhanced fuel efficiency to meet the demanding requirements of modern combat aviation.

Each aircraft engine on display tells a story of innovation, performance, and the dedication of engineers who pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible. Our exhibit offers a unique opportunity to witness these mechanical marvels up close, to appreciate their intricate designs (via some cut-aways), and to gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal role they played in shaping the aviation industry.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, an aviation aficionado, or simply curious about the remarkable engines that drive the skies, the Aircraft Engine Room at the Ulster Aviation Society promises an awe-inspiring experience.


Immerse yourself in the power, precision, and legacy of these remarkable aircraft engines that have propelled mankind to new heights.

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