ROLLS ROYCE AVON MK IC GAS TURBINE ENGINE

The engine on display entered production in 1950 and was on of Britain’s first successful axial flow gas turbine engines to see large scale production.  This powerful engine produces 6 500lbs (2 954kg) of static thrust and was used on a variety of aircraft including the Hawker Hunter used by the then Royal Rhodesian Air Force.

The South African Air Force made use of the Mk101 engine in the Canberra T.Mk4 and the Mk109 engine in the Canberra B(I) Mk12.

The Avon continued production, mostly for the use in the Sud Aviation Caravelle and English Electric (BAC) Lightning, until 1974, by which time over 11,000 had been built.  The engine garnered an impressive safety record over that time and the Avon engine was still being used in the Royal Air Force Canberra PR.9 until 23 June 2006.