A midframe portion (113) of a gas turbine engine (110) is provided, including a compressor section (112) with a last stage blade (124). The compressor section (112) is configured to introduce a radial velocity component into an air flow (111) such that the air flow is discharged from the compressor section (112) at a mixed direction based on a combined longitudinal velocity component and radial velocity component. The midframe portion (113) further includes a manifold (121) to directly couple the air flow from an outlet of the compressor section (112) to an inlet of a respective combustor head (118) of the gas turbine engine (110).
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED DEVELOPMENT
 Development for this invention was supported in part by Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42644, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. Accordingly, the United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.