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Rolls-Royce Nene II Cutaway
Gift of the National Museum of Naval Aviation
The Nene is a centrifugal compressor turbojet engine that produced 5,400 lbs of thrust. It was derived from the Whittle W.2 design and was the propulsion basis for two significant aircraft: the Grumman F9F "Panther" and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15.
Considered very powerful among early jet engines, it was manufactured under license in the U.S. by Pratt & Whitney as the J42. This example powered the prototype F9F-2 from March through October, 1948. It then became a U.S. Navy instructional cutaway in December, 1949.
Other aircraft to use the Nene included:
This engine is located in the connector between the Military and Civilian hangars.