Rolls Royce Derwent

The Engine On Display

The description with the engine states "A jet engine from a Gloster Meteor. It produced 3600 lb (1600 kg) of thrust and contained nine combustion chambers. This would propel the aircraft at a maximum speed of 598mph (962 km/h)"

Type / History

Type Centrifugal-flow turbojet engine
Manufacturer Rolls Royce
Introduced 1943
Primary users RAF, RAAF

The Derwent descended more-or-less directly from the original jet engine designs of Frank Whittle. When problems occurred between Whittle and the first manufacturer of his engines, the Rover company, Rolls Royce were called in and took over both design and production. They made many changes, but the end product was a very successful design, which powered the first British jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor.

The engine was scaled up at the end of its life, leading to the Rolls Royce Nene engine. It was also the basis of the first turboprop engine, the Rolls Royce Trent.


Model Mk.I MK.IV
Maximum thrust: 2,000 lb (8.9 kN) 2,400 lb (10.7 kN)