Rolls-Royce Exe

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Type Piston X-24 aero-engine
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Limited
First run September 1936
Major applications Fairey Battle

The Rolls-Royce Exe, or Boreas,[1] was a 24-cylinder air-cooled X block sleeve valve aircraft engine intended primarily for the new Fairey Fleet Air Arm aircraft, particularly the Fairey Barracuda. The Exe was under development in 1939, having been started in the 1930s, along with the Peregrine and Vulture. The Exe was named after the River Exe, although Rolls-Royce later transferred the use of river names to its gas turbine engines.

Work on the Exe was suspended in August 1939,[2] and stopped about August 1940.[3] In August 1940 Ernest Hives, head of the Rolls-Royce aero engine division, wanted to stop work on the Exe, Peregrine, and Vulture to concentrate on the Merlin and Griffon engines.


Originally intended for the Supermarine Type 322 and Fairey Barracuda the Exe was only test flown in a Fairey Battle, the first flight taking place on 30 November 1938. This aircraft continued in use for some time as a communications aircraft where the Exe was noted to be quite reliable in service.[4]

Specifications (Exe)[edit]

Data from Gunston and Lumsden.[5][6]

General characteristics

  • Type: 24-cylinder supercharged air-cooled 90-degree X layout aircraft piston engine
  • Bore: 4.225 in (107.3 mm)
  • Stroke: 4.0 in (101.6 mm)
  • Displacement: 1,348 cu in (22.1 L)
  • Dry weight: 1,530 lb (694 kg)



See also[edit]

Related development
Comparable engines
Related lists



  1. ^ This name was dropped due to conflict with the Bristol Aeroplane Company's series of Greek mythology named engines, Lumsden 2003, p.201.
  2. ^ Lloyd 1978, p4-5.
  3. ^ Pugh 2000, p.263-265.
  4. ^ Rubbra 1990, p.148.
  5. ^ Gunston 1989, p. 142.
  6. ^ Lumsden 2003, p.201.


  • Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopaedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, England. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-163-9
  • Lloyd, Ian Rolls-Royce: The Merlin at War (1978, Macmillan London) ISBN 0-333-24016-2
  • Lumsden, Alec. British Piston Engines and their Aircraft. Marlborough, Wiltshire: Airlife Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-85310-294-6.
  • Pugh, Peter.The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, The first 40 Years (2000, Icon Books Cambridge) ISBN 1-84046-151-9
  • Rubbra, A.A. Rolls-Royce Piston Aero Engines - a designer remembers: Historical Series no 16 :Rolls Royce Heritage Trust, 1990. ISBN 1-872922-00-7

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