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WRIGHT R-790

Posted 6/5/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Wright R-790
DAYTON, Ohio -- Wright R-790 engine on display in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The 225-hp R-790 was a standard U.S. Air Corps radial engine used in several types of airplanes during the 1920s and 1930s. Some significant long-distance flights during that era featured R-790s.

The engine on display at the museum is one of three Wright R-790s that powered to Fokker trimotor Bird of Paradise during its non-stop flight from the United States to Hawaii in 1927. The civilian version of the R-790, the Wright J-5 Whirlwind, powered Mr. Charles A. Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis during his historic 1927 New York-to-Paris flight.

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