Restoration Project | R-2800 Double Wasp
Connecticut Corsair restores engine sealed in 1955
In 2000, we bought an R-2800 that was pickled in 1955. We completely disassembled the engine, then cleaned and painted every part before reassembly. The engine is now on display in our hanger at Chester Airport, Chester, CT.
Engine Arrives in Connecticut
These photos were taken prior to the engine being shipped to us. They show the overall condition of the engine before we removed any parts.
A rare and welcomed find - it is unusual to find an intact Pratt & Whitney emblem on an engine of this vintage. Emblems have long been sought after as souvenirs and are generally "liberated" early in the engine's life.
The Pratt & Whitney logo has changed very little since its inception in 1925. This emblem will be cleaned in place to be displayed on the nose case of the engine.
Evolution of the Pratt & Whitney logo.
Pratt & Whitney's name is clearly visible on the ignition harness. The entire ignition system was pressurized to prevent arcing at high altitudes.
This tag was tied to the engine in 1955 by the US Navy, indicating the methods used to preserve the engine for long term storage. The engine was filled with preservative oil, dessicant packs were placed in openings, and the storage container was sealed and pressurized with nitrogen.
This perfectly preserved decal indicates that the US Navy at NAS San Diego overhauled the magneto in 1953. The Double Wasp used one magneto and two distributors.
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