Rolls-Royce is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Viper engine, perhaps the oldest gas turbine engine in production. Rolls-Royce reports around 5,500 Vipers sold since the type was introduced in 1953, amassing more than 13 million flight hours. Viper-powered aircraft include early Hawker 125 business jets, the BAC Strikemaster and Jet Provost T.4 and T.5, and the Soko Galeb. The Italian MB339 jet trainer is the only airplane still in production powered by the Viper. ...


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