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CK 17
01-22-2014, 11:53 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecosb5mSDwo

GregH
01-22-2014, 12:12 PM
My first two planes were "hand-propped" - a 1946 Aeronca Champ w/ 65 h.p. Continental, and a Flybaby (homebuilt) w/ 90 h.p. Continental. Sometimes I'd land somewhere & upon leaving, discover that there was no one willing or able to give me a prop. I learned very quickly to carry a length of rope- I'd tie the tailwheel to a fence post, tree, etc., crack the throttle a tiny bit, turn on the mags, and flip it myself- the original self-starter!

Steve McMahon
01-22-2014, 12:20 PM
Awesome.

switters
01-22-2014, 12:40 PM
Almost bought a 46 Chief while working the flight line in Durango. Needed lots of work and some parts but I had nothing but time and part of my Benefits package came with my own corner of a heated hangar. My idea was to flip it for some cash but spent the money on one more semester of college instead. Cool little planes.

The chief is the side by side version.

Paul Pless
01-22-2014, 12:46 PM
Almost bought a 46 Chief . . .

nice

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab225/gasolinecowboys/46chief.jpg

CK 17
01-22-2014, 01:19 PM
Am I the only one that sees potential disaster here?

Nope. I see a tangled rope in a bent prop. . :)

MiddleAgesMan
01-22-2014, 02:31 PM
A few years ago I watched one of those small motorized paragliders trying to take off from Jacksonville Beach. There is a mass of control lines and there must be some sort of trick for taking off without fouling them. Well, this guy did something wrong and the prop got caught up in the lines. I don't believe it cut a single line (probably Spectra or similar) but the leading edges of the wooden prop were turned into toothpicks. Very expensive error, that.

Canoez
01-22-2014, 02:38 PM
Would love to see somebody try that with a JT9D (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt_%26_Whitney_JT9D). :d

Paul Pless
01-22-2014, 02:48 PM
Would love to see somebody try that with a JT9D (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt_%26_Whitney_JT9D). :dfor a kick, google starting procedures for the pratt&whitney j58

Shang
01-22-2014, 02:56 PM
Am I the only one that sees potential disaster here?

I kinda expected to see the rope snag on the prop, the engine catch, and the truck high-speed reeled into the propshaft...

...but as I once told told a lady doctor who was examining me, "God takes care of fools."

Canoez
01-22-2014, 03:03 PM
for a kick, google starting procedures for the pratt&whitney j58 :d Sounds like touching off an SRB.

A friend who was an A&P Mechanic compared starting piston engines and jet engines:

Piston engine? Light a fire in a woodstove.
Jet engine? Try to hand-start your oil burner.

Dan McCosh
01-22-2014, 03:03 PM
I once started the boat engine by wrapping a belt around the flywheel and yanking.

Hugh Conway
01-22-2014, 03:40 PM
http://www.pipercubforum.com/propcopy.jpg

move on out

CK 17
01-22-2014, 03:41 PM
I once started the boat engine by wrapping a belt around the flywheel and yanking.

I once stopped a boat engine with dock line. very ugly.

The wife went over the side and cut us free. I supervised. . .
http://s20.postimg.org/yftgy1bnd/IMG_20130524_144203_847.jpg

Canoez
01-22-2014, 03:47 PM
Here's one runnin. REALLY runnin!

http://www.enginehistory.org/P&W/J58/J58_AfterburnerT.jpg

That's a lot of shock diamonds... With the afterburner lit, I can't imagine what the fuel consumption must be like.

carlg
01-22-2014, 04:20 PM
8000 gallons per hour at max output. Per engine on the SR-71.
From the Hill Air Force Base fact sheet for the J-58 engine.

Dan McCosh
01-22-2014, 04:37 PM
I once stopped a boat engine with dock line. very ugly.

The wife went over the side and cut us free. I supervised. . .
http://s20.postimg.org/yftgy1bnd/IMG_20130524_144203_847.jpg Lucky the line stopped the engine. A 50-ft. schooner caught the anchor line on the prop shaft around here, and the line ripped the strut out, along with about three feet of planking. It stayed on the bottom most of the summer before it was raised.