Aircraft engine 9 K (Mistral)

Gnome et Rhône1932

Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

In 1932 the French company Gnome et Rhône presented their newly developed aircraft engine “Mistral”. The small, lightweight, and powerful radial engine
was a licensed component used in many types of aircraft.

Civilian uses for aircraft first developed during the interwar period. But it did not become common as a means of mass transport until after 1945. Jet engines replaced piston engines and made it possible to fly at greater speeds for longer distances—an essential factor for the quickly growing transcontinental air traffic.
Today some 7 million people travel by air daily all over the world, and the numbers continue to increase; by 2050 the number is expected to reach 44 million. Air travel contributes significantly to climate change, particularly because the damaging effect of pollutants is greater high up in the atmosphere. The aerospace industry is developing new types of aircraft which will be lighter, more energy efficient, and more eco-friendly.

Inv. No. 70709

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  • Title: Aircraft engine 9 K (Mistral)
  • Creator: Gnome et Rhône
  • Date: 1932
  • Location: Paris