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New England Air Museum
Lawrance (Wright) J-1



The J-1 was designed by Charles E. Lawrance in response to a request by the U.S. Navy for an air-cooled 200 hp engine for its new shipboard aircraft. Approximately 250 J-1's were produced and primarily used in the Navy Curtiss TS-1 fighter. This was the first successful fixed radial air-cooled engine to be produced in the U.S. The museum engine was manufactured in 1921.

Lawrance Aero Engineering's limited production capacity motivated a merger with the Wright Aeronautical Corp. to expedite the completion of the J-1 production orders. Wright's top team of George Mead and Andrew Willgoos initiated design refinements which then brought about the development of the famous Wright Whirlwind J3-B through J-6 engines.

Meade and Willgoos left Wright in 1924 to design the first "Wasp" engine and help establish Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.

This engine is located in the connector between the Military and Civilian hangars.

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Type: 9-cylinder, row, air-cooled, radial piston engine
Displacement: 787 cu. in.
Weight: 476 lbs.
Power Output: 200 hp @ 1,800 rpm
NEAM Id:: 38


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