Fairchild J44R-24 Turbojet Engine

The Fairchild J44R-24 is an axial-flow turbojet engine made in 1947 that powered missiles and drones for the US Navy. Designed and manufactured by the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation the engine weighs just 335 lbs with a nominal rated thrust of 1,000 lbs. A simple design, it features a sheet metal monocoque outer shell, a single-sided combustion chamber, and a single-stage turbine.

Did you know?

The J44R-24 powered the AUM-N-2 Petrel air-to-underwater missile for the US Navy in the 1950s.

It also powered the Ryan “Firebee” radio-controlled target drone that could launch from the air or from the ground.

About this engine 

This Fairchild J44R-24 turbojet engine is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.
Type: Turbojet
Dimensions: 88.5" Length, 22.35" Diameter
Weight: 345 lbs
Max Thrust: 1,000 lbf
Video Credit: "Ryan "Firebee" UAV Drone Launches", Uploaded to YouTube by San Diego Air and Space Museum, 2013