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Vintage Pratt & Whitney Engines Power "Spirit of North Carolina"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Star News of Wilmington, N.C., published a great feature on "The Spirit of North Carolina" today. This airplane is one of a few A-26C Invaders still flying today. Its engines? Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasps.

Douglas Aircraft Company built fewer than 2,500 A-26s, so don't miss your chance to see "The Spirit of North Carolina" if it is part of the flying display at an air show near you. The Star News notes that the aircraft is set to appear in Winston-Salem, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., and Stuart, Fla., this year.

The R-2800 Double Wasp engine powered more than 38 types of aircraft, including the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Martin B-26 Marauder, Northrop P-61 Black Widow, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and Grumman F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat and F8F Bearcat.

Pratt & Whitney built more than 125,000 Double Wasp engines from 1939 to 1960.