OT. This is way off our Model T subject, but I thought some of you folks that fly may enjoy this.
That's a lot different than the spring loaded starters on the the 024 and 049 motors on somoe of the model airplanes of my younger days.
100% alcohol? Is that engine fuel or refreshment for the pilot?
I guess you gotta make do with what you have. I've owned 3 airplanes, all hand propped, but that method would be a dire emergency last choice.
I can see so many ways that could go horribly wrong!
I don't see much to go wrong........except the slightest chance of a prop blade cutting the rope.
The rope was neatly wound and the truck was properly lined up so as not to pull the rope into the prop.
I think it's pretty ingenious.......
From my friend Chuck, the one with the 1912 Indian
"I remember cubs having a big rubber band the length of fuselage inside and you had a crank on the dash to wind/stretch it and you pushed in on crank to engage. ALSO FOR BIGGER ENGINES WE AT ONE TIME MADE A BOOT THAT SLIPPED OVER THE TIP OF A BLADE AND A LONG BUNGEE THAT WE STRETCHED AND THEN SOMEONE GAVE THE PROP A LITTLE PUSH TO GET THE BUNGEE OFF CTR. iVE HAND CRANKED MANY EVEN UP TO 650 HP."
Many of our customers are aerial applicators (cropdusters); a few used to pull start 450's and even 600's on B Model AgCats. One customer in Jonesboro, AR, pulled one through and the airplane got away from him.
I have friends that work at a helicopter spraying company based in Panama City; is it still raining so much?
its a little better - 2 days without (much) rain. Feels like a drought!
60% chance of rain every day for the next week.
I've helped hand prop an AT6, but nothing as big as 600 HP. You gotta be a little crazy to be an ag pilot!
Best story I ever heard about a cub was a cub salesman who claimed he could take off on a one acre plot.
He would pound an iron stake in the ground, tie it to 100 ft. of rope, loop the other end around a wing strut and then lead it into the cabin. He then climbed in and holding on to the rope would do his takeoff run in a circle until it began to fly, and would then release the rope, and off he went!
Is it just me or does that truck sound like it has a perkins diesel ?
hold on guys, while I get my rubber boots on!
By Bud Holzschuh >>>He would pound an iron stake in the ground, tie it to 100 ft. of rope, loop the other end around a wing strut and then lead it into the cabin. He then climbed in and holding on to the rope would do his takeoff run in a circle until it began to fly, and would then release the rope, and off he went!<<<
OK.....THAT made me laugh out loud.......literally!
I'm not sure if you guys are crop dusters or fertilizer salesmen!
as a former flight instructor, I'm sitting here laughing out loud. Love the circle take off story - I may even borrow that one.
Never ruin a good story with the truth, eh?
I knew I remembered seeing that story somewhere years ago. Popular Mechanics even had an illustration of him taking off.
Thanks, Tom, for posting that!!! It took me over an hour to scroll through that magazine, and I didn't even read the whole article about the Piper Cub.
What a lot of wonderful memories that brought back!
Airspeed is airspeed, no matter how you get it.
Thanks for posting that link. I looked for it but couldn't find it!
I may have to quit my job as a fertilizer salesman ! ;o)