A review is made of the selection and tribological testing of materials for high-temperature bearings and seals. The goal is to achieve good tribological properties over a wide range of temperatures because bearings and seals must be functional from low temperature start-up conditions on up to the maximum temperatures encountered during engine operation. Plasma sprayed composite coatings with favorable tribological properties from 25 to 900 C are discussed. The performance of these coatings in simple tribological bench tests is described. Examples are also given of their performance in high-speed sliding contact seals and as Stirling cylinder liner materials, and as back up lubricants for compliant foil gas bearings.