The Lycoming O-145-B2 (rated 65hp at 2550 rpm) was designed and built by the Lycoming Aviation Engines Company in Williamsport, Pennsylvania as part of their direct drive, air-cooled O-145 engine series in the late 1930s. The engine is has a four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed layout with a displacement of 144.4 cu. in. with dual magnetos. The engine is unusual in that the cylinders are integral to the crank case.
Used on a number of light aircraft in the 1930s including: Aeronca Chief, Piper J-3L Cub, Piper PA-15 Vagabond, Luscombe 8B, Taylorcraft BL-12 and Porterfield LP-65.
This engine was restored in 2020 to running condition by the students of instructor Paul Agaliotis in Gavilan College’s Aviation Maintenance Department.
|Engine Name||Lycoming O-145-B2|
|Manufactured by||Lycoming Aviation Engines Company|
|Number of Cylinders||4|
|Displacement (cubic inches)||144.4|
|Horsepower||65hp @ 2550 rpm|
|Dry Weight (lb)||163|
We also have a cutaway example of this type of engine where you can turn the prop and see how it works.