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The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was the power behind the Royal Air Force in fighters, bombers and fighter bombers. Developed from a long line of engines, including the famous ‘R’ engine of the Schneider Trophy, it was formed in the mind of one man, Henry Royce, and developed by many men to not only defend Britain in WWII but also to take the fight to the enemy and ultimate victory. A remarkable story of a piston engine called after a bird of prey, the Merlin.


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