Westinghouse J34

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Westinghouse J34.jpg
J34 on display at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum
Type Turbojet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Westinghouse Aviation Gas Turbine Division
First run 11 January 1947
Major applications F2H Banshee
F3D Skyknight
P-2 Neptune
Developed from Westinghouse J30
Developed into Westinghouse J46

The Westinghouse J34, company designation Westinghouse 24C, was a turbojet engine developed by Westinghouse Aviation Gas Turbine Division in the late 1940s. Essentially an enlarged version of the earlier Westinghouse J30, the J34 produced 3,000 pounds of thrust, twice as much as the J30. Later models produced as much as 4,900 lbs with the addition of an afterburner. It first flew in 1947. The J46 engine was developed as a larger, more powerful version of Westinghouse's J34 engine, about 50% larger.


Built in an era of rapidly advancing gas turbine engine technology, the J34 was largely obsolete before it saw service, and often served as an interim engine.[1] For instance, the Douglas X-3 "Stiletto" was equipped with two J34 engines when the intended Westinghouse J46 engine proved to be unsuitable. The Stiletto was developed to investigate the design of an aircraft at sustained supersonic speeds. However, equipped with the J34 instead of its intended engines, it was seriously underpowered and could not exceed Mach 1 in level flight.[2]

Developed during the transition from piston-engined aircraft to jets, the J34 was sometimes fitted to aircraft as a supplement to other powerplants, as with the Lockheed P-2 Neptune and Douglas Skyrocket (fitted with radial piston engines and a rocket engine, respectively).

The afterburner was developed by Solar Aircraft, the first U.S. company to produce a practical afterburner.[3]


  • J34-WE-2: 3,000 lb (13.4 kN) thrust
  • XJ34-WE-7: 3,000 lb (13.4 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-13: 3,000 lb (13.38 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-15: 3,000 lb (13.4 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-15: 4,100 lb (18.2 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-17: 3,370 lb (15 kN) thrust (4,850 lb (21.6 kN) thrust with afterburner)
  • J34-WE-19: 3,250 lb (14.5 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-22: 3,000 lb (13.3 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-30A: 3,150 lb (14.0 kN) thrust (4,224 lb (18.78 kN) thrust with afterburner)
  • J43-WE-32: 3,000 lb (13.3 kN) thrust
  • J43-WE-32: 3,400 lb (15 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-34: 3,250 lb (14.5 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-34-1: 3,000 lb (13.3 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-36: 3,400 lb (15 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-36: 4,000 lb (17.8 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-36-1: 3,400 lb (15 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-38: 3,600 lb (15.98 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-40: 3,000 lb (13 kN) thrust
  • J34-WE-41:  ?lb ( ?kN) thrust ( ?lb ( ?kN) thrust with afterburner)


Water speed record applications

Jet Truck application

Specifications (J34-WE-36)[edit]

Data from [4]

General characteristics

  • Type: Turbojet
  • Length: 112 in (2.84 m)
  • Diameter: 27 in (0.69 m)
  • Dry weight: 1207 lb (547.5 kg)



See also[edit]

Related development
Comparable engines
Related lists


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  • Leyes, Richard A., II; Fleming, William A. (1999). The History of North American Small Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines. Library of Flight. with contributions by A. Stuart Atkinson; foreword by Hans von Ohain (Hardcover ed.). Reston, Virginia, United States: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. ISBN 978-1-56347-332-6. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
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