The STAL company had been designing gas turbine engines since 1935, their first running engine was the Skuten (witch), ground tested in 1949 but not flown. The Dovern was the next design, featuring a nine-stage axial compressor and single-stage turbine. First run in 1951 the engine was flight tested during 1953 using an Avro Lancaster provided by Air Service Training, the engine being installed underneath in a nacellefaired-in to the Lancaster's bomb bay. After several thousand hours of ground running and more than 300 hours of flight testing the engine was not selected, the Rolls-Royce Avon being preferred.
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