The RB211 program bankrupted Rolls-Royce, forcing the U.K. government to step in and save the project and the company. Both recovered—Rolls-Royce is still delivering and developing engines, and the RB211 will go down as one of the most versatile and successful engine series of the jet age. The RB211 family entered service in April 1972 with the -22 on the Lockheed L-1011. A redesigned fan and intermediate pressure (IP) compressor created the -524 series of varying thrust levels. The ...


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