Turbomeca Palas

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Turbomeca Palas cutaway (MAA)-1.JPG
Sectioned Turbomeca Palas
Type Turbojet
National origin France
Manufacturer Turbomeca
Major applications Miles Sparrowjet
Short SB.4 Sherpa
Developed from Turbomeca Piméné

The Turbomeca Palas is a diminutive centrifugal flow turbojet engine used to power light aircraft. An enlargement of the Turbomeca Piméné, the Palas was designed in 1950 by the French manufacturer Société Turbomeca,[1] and was also produced under licence by Blackburn and General Aircraft in the United Kingdom and Teledyne Continental Motors in the United States as the Continental Model 320.


Douglas DC-3 of Aigle Azur (France) arriving at Manchester Airport on 3 April 1953. It is equipped with a ventral Turbomeca Palas booster jet engine for "hot and high operations".


Data from Aircraft engines of the World 1953 [2]

General characteristics

  • Type: Turbojet
  • Length: 1,200 mm (47 in)
  • Diameter: 408 mm (16.1 in)
  • Dry weight: 72 kg (159 lb)


  • Compressor: single-stage centrifugal
  • Combustors: annular with rotary fuel injection
  • Turbine: single-stage with 24 or 25 blades
  • Fuel type: Jet A1
  • Oil system: dry sump with Turbomeca gear pump at 3.0 bar (43 psi)


Take-off: 1.6 kN (350 lbf)
Max Continuous: 1.27 kN (285 lbf)
Cruising: 0.98 kN (220 lbf)
TIT: 1,123.15 K (850 °C)
JPT: 973.15 K (700 °C)

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Related lists


  1. ^ Gunston 1989, p. 169.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Paul H. (1953). Aircraft engines of the World 1953 (11th ed.). London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. pp. 162–163.
  • Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, England. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-163-9

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