Lycoming T53

Lycoming began work on a turboshaft engine in 1952. Producing 600 hp, the prototype's first flight was on a Kaman HOK-1 in 1956. Since then, the T53 has been operated as both a turboshaft and a turboprop and has doubled its power output.
Over 19,000 have been built including those license-built by KHD, Piaggio, Kawasaki and AIDC-Taiwan.


  • T53-L-11: 825 hp (615 kW)
  • T53-L-701: 1,400 hp (1044 kW)


  • Turboshaft/turboprop
  • Compressor: 5-stage axial, 1-stage centrifugal
  • Turbine: 1-stage gas generator, 1-stage free

used by

  • Bell UH-1 Iroquois
  • Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
  • Kaman HH-43 Huskie