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The Mercedes‐Benz DB‐601A Engine: The Results of an American Examination of a Specimen Captured by the Allies

Raymond W. Young (Wright Aeronautical Corp.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 October 1941

Abstract

THE Mercedes‐Benz Model DB‐601A aero‐engine is a development of the Daimler‐Benz Aktiengesellschaft of Stuttgart, Germany, a firm which lias been engaged in the manufacture of automotive and aero‐engines for over fifty years. During the first World War the Daimler Motorcn Gesellschaft of Stuttgart produced the famous Mercedes aero‐engines iii three 6‐cylindcr types with ratings of 160 horse‐power, 180 horse‐power, and 260 horse‐power. Equally renowned were the 160 horse‐power and 230 horse‐power 6‐cylindcr aero‐engines built by Benz and Company in Mannheim. After the war, and as a result of the economic and financial crisis which brought almost complete stagnation to the automotive industry in Germany during the early twenties, these two companies were practically forced to combine their activities in order to survive. Accordingly in 1926 a merger was consummated between the Daimler and Benz organizations. Thus came into being the firm of Daimler‐Benz A.G. and their product, the Mercedes‐Benz line of automotive vehicles and aircraft power plants.

Citation

Young, R.W. (1941), "The Mercedes‐Benz DB‐601A Engine: The Results of an American Examination of a Specimen Captured by the Allies", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 13 No. 10, pp. 270-279. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb030829

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