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The Chanute Air Museum is dedicated to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis is directed to the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, the former Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, and the history of Illinois aviation.

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Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior Radial

      The R-985 was a nine-cylinder, air-cooled, super-charged radial aircraft engine first used by the U.S. Army Air Corps
beginning in 1932. It featured a 985 cubic inch displacement and turned 2,300 maximum RPM. The earliest versions were rated at 300 horsepower, but subsequent models produced up to 450 horsepower. This engine was used in thousands of military and civilian aircraft of numerous types over the years.