Continental T51

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Bell 47 XH-13F experimental bw.jpg
The T51-powered Bell 201/XH-13F in a hover
Type Turboshaft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Continental Aviation and Engineering
Developed from Turbomeca Artouste

The Continental CAE T51 was a small turboshaft engine produced by Continental Aviation and Engineering (CAE) under license from Turbomeca. A development of the Artouste, it was followed by three additional turboshaft engines, the T72, the T65, and the T67.[1] However, none of these engines, including the T51, entered full production. CAE abandoned turboshaft development in 1967 after the XT67 lost to the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T (T400) to power the Bell UH-1N Twin Huey.[2]

Variants and derivatives[edit]

XT51-1 (Model 210)
Based on the Artouste I; 280 shp.[1]
XT51-3 (Model 220-2)
Based on the Artouste II; 425 shp.[1]
XT72 (Model 217-5)
Based on the Turbomeca Astazou; 600 shp.[1]
XT65 (Model 217-10)
A scaled-down version of the Astazou; competed against the Allison T63 to power the Light Observation Helicopter; 305 shp.[3]
XT67 (Model 217A)
two engines driving a common gearbox; based on the Astazou X and T72; 1,540 shp.[4]



Specifications (T51-3)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Type: Turboshaft
  • Length:
  • Diameter:
  • Dry weight:


  • Compressor:


See also[edit]

Related development
Comparable engines
Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d Leyes, p. 113
  2. ^ Leyes, p. 121
  3. ^ Leyes, p. 116
  4. ^ Leyes, p. 120
  • Gunston, Bill (2006). World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines, 5th Edition. Phoenix Mill, Gloucestershire, England, UK: Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-4479-X. 
  • Leyes II, Richard A.; William A. Fleming (1999). The History of North American Small Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 1-56347-332-1. 

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