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      02-26-2009, 12:59 PM   #36
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Since this thread does not restrict BMW engines to just automobiles, I would have to mention the BMW 9-801 or the BMW 801 as it became known. 61,000 were produced starting in 1939 for both the Focke Wulf 190 and the Junkers 88. It produced 1,539hp at 2700rpm at sea level. As for reliability... there was no competition, you could shoot the airframe out of the sky, but it is was very rare to take the motor out, even with a quarter of the cyclinders shot out, the 801 could maintain enough power sustain altitude. Chuck Yeager even noted that if Germany had any experienced pilots left, that the P51 Mustang would have met its match with a 801 powered ME 109.