Bristol Thor

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Thor
Bloodhound thor arp 750pix.jpg
Preserved Bristol Thor
Type Ramjet
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Bristol Aero Engines
First run 1950
Major applications Bristol Bloodhound

The Bristol Thor, latterly Bristol Siddeley BS.1009 Thor, was a 16" diameter ramjet engine developed by Bristol Aero Engines (later Bristol Siddeley Engines) for the Bristol Bloodhound anti-aircraft missile.

Although Bristol Aero Engines acquired ramjet technology from the US company Marquardt, BAE put considerable effort into developing the Thor unit, including the construction of a high altitude test plant (HATP), with a supersonic test cell, at their Patchway site.

The Bloodhound Mk.1 could attain a speed of Mach 2.2, while the Mk.2 was capable of just over Mach 2.7.

Manufacturer tag of Bristol Thor ramjet engine

Variants[edit]

BT.1 Thor
BT.2 Thor
BT.4 Thor
BS.1009 Thor

Specifications (BT.2 Thor)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Type: Ramjet
  • Length: 103.9 in (2,639 mm)
  • Diameter: 15.75 in (400 mm)
  • Dry weight:

Components

  • Compressor:

Performance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, John W.R. FRHistS. ARAeS (1962). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1962-63. London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co Ltd. 
  2. ^ "Aero Products". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Taylor, John W.R. FRHistS. ARAeS (1962). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1962-63. London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co Ltd.