Franklin Engine Company’s six-cylinder engine series has been highly successful in both airplanes and helicopters. Thousands of aircraft have been powered by the Franklin, including Bell, Socata, Maule, Bellanca, Piper, Aeronca and Taylorcraft models to name a few. A 220 hp version of the engine received an STC for the Cessna 170, 172 and 175, turning hundreds of these popular airplanes into 182 performers. Franklin’s six-cylinder engines were produced from the 1940s to the 1970s by the Syracuse, New York-based company, which was an outgrowth of the Franklin Automobile Company. The engines were known for their reliability and for having very few airworthiness directives, but the company went bankrupt several times, and in 1975, the drawings for the engines were bought by a Polish company that still provides parts support today and hopes to restart production at some point.
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