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LR54


Rocketdyne H2O2/Kerosene rocket engine. 26.4 kN. After the failure of the Reaction Motors XLR-40 for use in the F8U-1 fighter, Vought elected to continue the project using the XLR-54 . Project never reached flight status

After the failure of the Reaction Motors XLR-40 for use in the F8U-1 fighter, Vought elected to continue the project using a Rocketdyne XLR-54 engine which gave 6000 pounds of thrust. Although the project never reached flight status, dummy engines were installed above the F8U-1's tail cone just behind the rudder.

Application: F8U-1.

Characteristics

Propellant Formulation: H2O2/JP-4.

AKA: XLR54-NA-1.
Thrust: 26.40 kN (5,935 lbf).

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  • H2O2/Kerosene Hydrogen peroxide is used as both an oxidiser and a monopropellant. Relatively high density and non-toxic, it was abandoned after early use in British rockets, but recently revived as a propellant for the Black Horse spaceplane. Rocket propellant RP-1, or its foreign equivalents, is a straight-run kerosene fraction, which is subjected to further treatment, i.e., acid washing, sulphur dioxide extraction. Thus, unsaturated substances which polymerise in storage are removed, as are sulphur-containing hydrocarbons. More...

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