The scientific tourist #207 — the VK-1 jet engine

This week’s picture comes to you from the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Tutusville, Florida. It’s a Klimov VK-1 jet engine — the first jet engine to see mass production in the Soviet Union:


If you recall any of the other old jet engines I’ve talked about (Jumo, J-33), this picture should look a bit familiar to you.

In the post-WWII era, Stalin was paranoid about the potential for being attacked by the west, so the MiG-15 jet fighter was quickly designed (based in no small part on captured German designs). To power it, Soviet engineers attempted to reverse-engineer the Juno jet engine used in the Me-262, but failed.

Fortunately for them, the U.K. in the post war years had a rather naive Prime Minister and pro-Soviet Trade Minister. With a bit of prompting, the U.K. gave them 25 Rolls Royce Nene jet engines as a good-will gesture, along with a license to manufacture more of them. The Soviets promptly tossed the license agreement aside, and started reverse-engineering it. Their first attempt resulted in the RD-45, but it had issues in actual use. So the Soviets improved on and enlarged it, resulting in the VK-1 design you see above.

The VK-1 went on to power the MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters, and the Il-28 “Beagle” bomber.

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One Response to The scientific tourist #207 — the VK-1 jet engine

  1. Mr Maxim says:

    I do wonder what will my Honda accord speed get to if I install this engine within, sure will make me win some street races if I attend to 🙂
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