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Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593

1966, Brooklands Aircraft Factory, On long term display

Bristol Siddeley developed the Olympus turbojet engine for the Avro Vulcan V-Bomber, BAC TSR2 and BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde.

Following the takeover of Bristol Siddeley by Rolls-Royce in 1966, Rolls-Royce and Snecma Moteurs developed the Olympus 593 for use in the Concorde. While Rolls Royce developed the core engine, Snecma worked on the engine inlets, exhaust nozzles and afterburner.

Olympus engines were continually developed over more than five decades and a marine version of the engine was used on the Invincible class aircraft carriers and other ships throughout the world.

Concorde made its first flight on 2nd March 1969 powered by four Olympus 593 engines. This particular example was used on various British Airways Concordes throughout its working life.

Loaned by British Airways


Type: Turbojet

Thrust: 31,350 lbf (139 kN) w/ afterburner 38,050 lbf (169 kN)

Compressor: Axial 7-stage low pressure, 7-stage high pressure

Turbine: single-stage low pressure, single-stage high pressure