Archive digitization

Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie

Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Kraków Airport

Aircraft engine: Argus As-5

Argus As-5
inline engine

Configuration24-cylinder double "W"
Displacement94.1 l
Power output1500 hp

A giant engine intended to overcome the limitations imposed by the treaty of Versailles.

The Versailles treaty that ended WWI among other provisions forbade the Germans to build multi-engined aircraft. The Argus As-5 designed by eng. Riedel was an attempt to bypass that clause by constructing a huge aircraft powered with a single (albeit very powerful) engine. The plan was never realized, however. Only three prototype engines were built and these underwent ground trials only.

Argus As-5 is the largest one in the Museum's collection of piston engines.



Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego
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