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Rolls-Royce Conway 540 – sectioned & motorised

1960, Stratosphere Chamber, On long term display

The Conway was the first turbofan (or bypass) engine to enter service. This new design recycled the energy from the engine’s hot exhaust gases to increase its power and efficiency.

It powered versions of the Handley Page Victor, Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 but, most significantly, the 54 Vickers VC10s built at Brooklands. It was used by commercial airlines and the RAF for over 50 years.


Type: Turbofan

Maximum thrust: 17,150 lb (76.3 kN)

Compressor: Axial flow; 7-stage low pressure, 9-stage high pressure

Turbine: Axial flow; single-stage high pressure, 2-stage low pressure