Cutaway of the Chrysler Gas Turbine Engine Model A-249


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This preliminary drawing for the Chrysler gas turbine engine model A-249 was executed by the design supervisor Robert F. Pauley (1924-2020) of the Chrysler Corporation. A respected engineer and designer in the Chrysler Research Department to engineers and draftsmen, he worked twenty-seven years at the Chrysler Corporation in Highland Park, Michigan on the Turbine Engine Program. This department was started in 1933 by the design engineer Carl Breer and became instrumental in the creation of airflow cars, the XI-2220 aircraft engine and the engine for the turbine automobile, which later developed into the M1 tank engine. The intricacy of this drawing is representative of the work of Robert F. Pauley who furthered the advancement of gas turbine technology. He was greatly admired for his ability to translate design concepts spontaneously in meetings with Chrysler engineers as they collaborated on projects. A noted author on aviation history, he was a founding member of the Society of Air Racing Historians.