The J34 was the only truly successful turbojet built by Westinghouse. The J34-WE-36 was used on the Douglas F3D-2 “Skynight”, and as an auxiliary power plant on Lockheed’s propeller-driven P2V-6F and PL2V-7 “Neptune” patrol bombers. In 1947, Westinghouse designed the 4,600 lb thrust J46-WE-3 to replace the smaller J34-WE-36. However, when the J46 failed to meet specifications, the J34 was updated as the J34-WE-36A and installed, despite its lower comparative static thrust. The only aircraft powered by the -36 was the F3D-2 “Skynight”, a night fighter used exclusively by the Marine Corps in the Korean War, which destroyed more enemy planes than any other Navy or Marine Corps type in use.
The engine on display was built by the Westinghouse Aviation Gas Turbine Division and was accepted on April 23, 1952. It was acquired in October 1998 on long term loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Open to the public:
Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
339 Daniel Zenker Drive
Horseheads, NY 14845
Tour our 25,000 sq ft hangar with aircraft on display inside and outside. Experience our collection through static displays, self guided mobile tours and flight simulators. Take home a momento from our Gift Shop to remember your visit and grab a bite to eat at the Wings Cafe. ‹more›