Company History

From its formation in 1981, Radial Engines, Ltd. has become the world’s premier FAA Certified Repair Station specializing in the Jacobs, Continental, and Lycoming radial aircraft engines. Seventeen highly trained and skilled craftsmen turn out a factory new limit engine every three days. Over 600 engines have been delivered to customers, and are today powering aircraft in twenty countries on every continent. From our large parts inventory we ship daily to the four corners of the world to keep the antique aircraft fleet in the air.

Beginning in 1994, Radial Engines, Ltd became the sole provider of engines to the WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation and Centennial Aircraft Services of Battle Creek, Michigan. To date, WACO Classic has produced over 110 of their model of the 1935 WACO YMF5 biplane (see links) and has a standing order for one new engine every month.

As the reputation of Radial Engines, Ltd. grew in aviation and public circles, some unusual projects came along. In early 1999, Steve was contacted by Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California to build a mock-up of a radial powered aircraft for display at their Disneyland theme park. Click here for photos and more about the Disney project.

In 2004, Radial Engines, Ltd was granted three STC approvals to install fuel injection on the Jacobs R755A2 and R755B2 engines and to fit these engines to the WACO YMF5 and Cessna 195 aircraft, taking radial engine performance, economy, and reliability to a whole new level. New fuel injection projects are now open with the FAA to fuel inject other radial engines and STCs are under way to approve their installation on other aircraft models.

REL also has provided numerous engines to many well known and respected antique & classic aircraft repair facilities such as Rare Aircraft, Barron Aviation, The 195 Factory, Vintage Wings & Wheels, Tupelo Aero, The Texas Air Museum, Blackbarn Aviation Ltd (UK), and Butterfly Aviation.

Through a culture of innovation, quality, dependability, and customer care, Radial Engines, Ltd delivers the finest engine overhauls and parts in the world today, coupled with expertise and technicians who stand with you for the life of your engine. Feel free to call us and discuss your specific needs.