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Supercharger for V-1710?

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#1 Hardrada55



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:00 PM

The F4F-3 had a good 2 stage 2 speed mechanically driven General Electric supercharger for it's P&W R-1830 which gave the Wildcat relatively good high altitude performance, why couldn't that supercharger have been adapted to the Allison V-1710 to give it better high altitude performance which was sorely lacking. 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:23 AM

The P&W R-1830 had, I believe, a P&W 2 stage supercharger, not one from General Electric.


Why not adopt it for the V-1710?


Because the critical altitude may have been higher than the V-1710's supercharger, particularly the early versions, but I doubt the supercharger could provide enough air at the boost required to feed the V-1710.

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