The Gannet single-cylinder, four-cycle model airplane engine was manufactured by Gannet Engineering, England, in the 1960s. The engine is 8”-long, 7”-wide, and 7”-high. 

It is estimated that only about twenty air-cooled model airplane engines were built by Gannet Engineering and this is one of only a few equipped with a magneto. It burns gasoline with a little oil mixed in for piston and valve lubrication, but the open rocker arms required manual lubrication before operation. The cylindrical reservoir in the front slowly feeds oil to the internal components while the crankshaft is turning.

Exhibit added: July 1, 2009 - Last modified: December 29, 2022

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