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U.S. Model Bugatti

DAYTON, Ohio -- Buggati J-8 on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Buggati J-8 on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This item is currently in storage.

The U.S. Model Bugatti is a 16-cylinder engine of approximately 410 hp, built in 1918 by the Duesenberg Motors Corp. of Elizabeth, N.J. The engine had been redesigned for American production by Mr. Charles Brady King, thus becoming known as the King-Bugatti engine.

For the amount of power it produced, the King-Bugatti weighed more than most other aircraft engines of the day and was never widely used in U.S. aircraft. Perhaps its most noteworthy feature is the "U" arrangement of its 16 cylinders into two banks of eight, revealing its development from an earlier in-line, eight-cylinder engine. Although the exact number is not known, very few -- perhaps no more than 45 -- of the engines were produced.

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