General Electric F404

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Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster
VDM Publishing, Jun 23, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 80 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The General Electric F404, F412, and RM12 are a family of afterburning turbofan engines in the 10,50019,000 lbf class . The series are produced by GE Aviation. Partners include Volvo Aero, which builds the RM12 variant. The F404 was developed into the larger F414 turbofan, as well as the experimental GE36 civil propfan. GE developed the F404 for the F/A-18 Hornet, shortly after losing the competition for the F-15 Eagle's engine to Pratt & Whitney, and losing the Lightweight Fighter competition to the P & W-F100 powered YF-16. For the F/A-18, GE based the F404 on the YJ101 engine they had developed for the Northrop YF-17, enlarging the bypass ratio from .20 to .34 to enable higher fuel economy. The engine was designed with a higher priority on reliability than performance. Cost was the main goal in the design of the engine.

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