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Posted 10/22/2013 Printable Fact Sheet
Wright T-3
DAYTON, Ohio -- Wright T-3 engine on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Note: This engine is located in the Research & Development Gallery on a controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Click here for requirements to visit this gallery.

The Wright T-3 is a liquid-cooled V-12 engine derived from the Wright T-2. It represents the continuation of a line of development that originated with the Liberty V-12 of World War I. Developed primarily as a racing engine, it was adopted by the U.S. Navy for several types of scouting, torpedo and bombing airplanes as well as the Navy's two Wright F2W racing airplanes that competed in the Pulitzer Trophy Race of 1923. The T-3 engine also powered the Wright XO-3 aircraft evaluated in 1925 by the Army Air Service at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. The XO-3 was not selected for production.

Type: 12-cylinder, liquid-cooled, Vee
Displacement: 1,947
Rated rpm: 2,000 (2,500 rpm for racing)
Rated hp: 675 (780 hp for racing)
Weight (dry): 1,160 lbs.

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