Aircraft engine: Argus As-5
|Configuration||24-cylinder double "W"|
|Power output||1500 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.