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The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust
Allison Branch, Inc.
President, RRHT, AB,inc.
A Bit of Background
• The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust is a not-for-
profit association with a special understanding
with Rolls-Royce Plc.
• Branches are established at key locations
– UK, Derby, Bristol, Coventry, Scottish Branch
– USA, Indianapolis
– Germany, TBD
What is the RRHT,AB Inc.?
More than an engine collection!
• A separate Association with a Memorandum of Understanding
between R-R plc and the Association
• “…the focal point for maintaining and promoting all aspects of
the engineering heritage of Rolls-Royce…
– An aid to current employment within and future success of R-R
– Maintain a comprehensive documentary record …concerning the
history of R-R
– Maintain safe custody of all materials as are entrusted to its care
– Arrange for the display of such materials
– Act as the authority on behalf of R-R on maters of preservation for
hardware and records
– Record the memories of those persons who have been associated with
R-R and its engineering heritage
Above from the Memorandum of Association of the Rolls-Royce Heritage
Trust – Company Limited by Guarantee
Who is the Trust (Branch)?
• Background – Status of Trust – Indiana Not-for-Profit, IRS
501c3, letter of agreement with “Company”
• 184 Members - ~ 10 active volunteers weekly 30 – 75
attending meetings ( ½ guests )
• Meetings at least 4 times a year
– Often in association with AIAA / SAE / Aero Club
• Focused on Reunion format currently
Where is the RRHT, AB ?
• Sited at Rolls-Royce Corp in Indianapolis – 2 miles
east of the Indianapolis Airport on Airport
• The Exhibition is located on the far west end of the
Joint Training Center
– Prototype arrangement currently in place
– More than a “Museum”
• The Archives are located on the 2
floor of the
• Open to the public – by reasonable appointment only
A view of the prototype arrangement
“Archives” as was
Archives – Allison Attic - today
• The Exhibition will present the legacy, current
production and engineering work and future
technologies at four + levels;
– Current Employees and their families
– Complement to site training activities
– Customer and Supplier visits
– External visitors
• Public visitors – “streakers / strollers / stayers”
• College and Pre-college education
Similar to UK LDC
What is the plan for the future?
• “Exhibition” area room to be complete by years end
– Project approved, funded, scheduled
– Current area closes in July
• Exhibits to be “installed” over the next several years
– AE series and WWII engines are first
– All others will be on display, but not “staged”
– Expect about 4 – 6 months per exhibit
• Liberty Engine, 250 / T800, Automotive & Industrial, Technology
exhibit, Prop-Fan, …..
Engine positions are notional – for space claim only
Area shown for space
Restoration of exhibits
To be done behind the
Volunteers area only
Heritage of Power (History)
Current Product Exhibitions
R-R Engines and unique engines
What the Branch is doing for RRC
• Supporting Customer and external guest visit requests
– 375 in 2006
– 150 (end of May) 2007 [ + 67 R-R visitors from outside Indy]
• Hosting “Reunion” meetings for knowledge transfer
– XJ99, Model 250, Ceramic Engines (automotive), PropFan
• Access to Archive data and hardware for specific engineering
– F136 gearbox supports, LiftFan, J71, GMA500, Model 250
• New employee training tours
• Answering all those “history” questions
• “Allison Engines – a definitive catalog”
– Proof sheets done
– ISBN assigned
– RFI to printing houses in preparation
• Request for 1000 copies
– Pricing ~~ $20.00 members, $30.00 non
Volunteers – youth!
• TF-41 AB
• SAAB2000 Nacelle
• Powerama - Armada
• GMA100 fan
• 578DX Propfan
• Minuteman II
• What do we show?
• To what level do we exhibit?
• What gets restored next?
• What about non-Allison engines?
• Loans, Bailment's, trades, etc.
The Allison Attic
• The Archives
• The Process
• How to share?