BMW 018

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BMW 018
Type Turbojet
Manufacturer BMW
Number built 3

The BMW 018 (RLM designation BMW 109-018) was an early axial-flow turbojet engine project by BMW AG in Germany.[1]

Design[edit]

The 018 design was begun in 1940. It was generally similar to the 003, but had a twelve-stage axial compressor and three-stage turbine, for a thrust of 34.3 kN (7,700 lbf).[2]

Three engines were at various stages of completion at Staßfurt, but due to continuing efforts toward protracted development of the 003 along with Allied bombing and the liberation of France, official 018 development was stopped in late 1944. On BMW's own initiative, it was decided that the existing 018 development examples would be moved to Kolbermoor to finish construction, and then move them to Oberwiesenfeld for testing. Despite this planning, the rapidly deteriorating war situation of March 1945 prompted BMW personnel to destroy the engines and their components in order to prevent them from falling into Allied hands.[3]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Christopher, John. The Race for Hitler's X-Planes (The Mill, Gloucestershire: History Press, 2013), p.74.

General characteristics

  • Type: axial flow turbine
  • Length: 4,190 mm (165 in)
  • Diameter: 1,252 mm (49.3 in)
  • Dry weight: 2,295 kg (5,060 lb)

Components

Performance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher, John. The Race for Hitler's X-Planes (The Mill, Gloucestershire: History Press, 2013), p.74.
  2. ^ Christopher, p.74.
  3. ^ Kay, Anthony. German Jet Engine and Gas Turbine Development 1930-1945. 2002, p.131

Sources[edit]

  • Christopher, John. The Race for Hitler's X-Planes. The Mill, Gloucestershire: History Press, 2013.
  • Kay, Anthony. German Jet Engine and Gas Turbine Development 1930-1945. 2002