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The Engine Specifications (003A-0)
The BMW 109-003 was designed in response to a 1938 Reichsluftsfahrt-
ministerium (RLM or State Air Ministry) request to develop a jet propulsion.  The first BMW 003 ran in 1940 and first flew in 1942.  Production began in late-1943 or early-1944.

About 3,500 had been produced by the end of 1944, most never reaching airframe plants.

axial turbojet
7-stage compressor
single-stage compressor
Pressure ratio: 3.1
Models Used by
003A-1: 1,764 lb (7.8 kN) thrust
Arado Ar 234 Blitz
Heinkel He 162 Salamander
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