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Cirrus Engine

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Model Military Number Name
1926     Cirrus III
The first Cirrus engine was created by Major Frank Halford for Captain de Havilland in 1924.  Major Halford was working at the British government Aircraft Disposal Company (Airdisco) where there  were 30,000 surplus engines.

Halford used the pistons and cylinders from half of a Renault V-8 and built a new in-line 4-cylinder engine.  De Havilland flew the new engine in the prototype DH.60 Moth in February 1925. 

Cirrus was bought by Hermes Engine Company in the late 1920s and then by Blackburn Aircraft in 1934.  The Cirrus name was lost after World War II.


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