Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11
La Rhone was one of the largest manufacturers of rotary engines around the early 1900s. They were reliable but low power, even their largest only produced 130 HP.
The engine was mounted by bolting the crank shaft to the firewall and bolting the propeller to the engine crank case.
With all that engine mass rotating, torque was a major problem. The aircraft would turn in one direction quite rapidly (to the left I think?), but difficult to turn in the opposite direction (to the right?).
80 hp Le Rhône Model 9C This post was edited by Bob (Aust) at 14:38:42 03/21/14.
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