Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba

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Double Mamba
Preserved Double Mamba at the Imperial War Museum Duxford
Type Turboprop
Manufacturer Armstrong Siddeley
First run 29 September 1949 (First flight)
Major applications Fairey Gannet
Developed from Armstrong Siddeley Mamba

The Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba is a turboprop engine design developed in the late 1940s of around 3,000–4,000 hp (2,200–3,000 kW). It was used mostly on the Fairey Gannet anti-submarine aircraft developed for the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy.

Design and development[edit]

The Double Mamba (rarely known as the Twin Mamba) was a development of the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba with two Mambas driving contra-rotating propellers through a combining gearbox.[1]

Engine starting was by cartridge, however, forced air restart was achieved in flight. One engine could be shut down in flight to conserve fuel. Shutting down one engine also stopped one of the propellers.


Fairey Gannet flying with one half of its Double Mamba engine shut down
2,950 shp (2,200 kW) (2 x ASMa.3) used on Fairey Gannet A.S. Mk.1 and Blackburn B-88
3,145 shp (2,345 kW) (2 x ASMa.5) used on Fairey Gannet A.S. Mk.4
3,875 hp (2,890 kW) (2 x ASMa.6) used on Fairey Gannet AEW Mk.3
3,875 hp (2,890 kW) (2 x ASMa.6) used on Fairey Gannet AEW Mk.3


The Double Mamba engine was also proposed for the Westland Westminster, a 30-seat helicopter that was later built as a prototype powered by a pair of Napier Eland E220 turboshaft engines.

Engines on display[edit]

Preserved Double Mamba engines are on public display at the:

Specifications (ASMD.3)[edit]

Cut away of a double mamba power unit at The Flambards Experience in Cornwall
Double Mamba in a non-display aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (Australia).
Double Mamba - side view in-situ.

Data from Flight[2]

General characteristics

  • Type: Turboprop engine
  • Length: 102.25 in (2,597 mm)
  • Diameter: 52.8 in (1,341 mm)
  • Dry weight: 2,170 lb (984 kg)


  • Compressor: 10 stage axial (x2)
  • Combustors: Six combustion chambers (x2)


See also[edit]

Related development

Comparable engines

Related lists



  1. ^ Gunston 1989, p.20.
  2. ^ Aero Engines 1954 Flight International magazine, Flight Global/Archives, 9 April 1954, on Retrieved: 29 October 2016


  • Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, England. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-163-9

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