The only part of it that's dangerous is trying to hook it and get it to stop before it goes off the end of the flight deck.
Looks safe enough to me, I have launched a power glider out of the back of a pick up, but that is not going to happen here as the plane is rather well tethered
Yeah, but the guy on the front of the trailer appears to be awfully close to the prop!
Nice White truck
The car is a gasoline powered White truck. Interesting airplane, anyone know what type it is?
If I was going to make a stab at it, I'd say it's one of the Curtiss JN (Jenny) series.
I know the prop is spinning, but it may not be an actual prop. If it were, I would think it would suck the hats off the two guys sitting in front of it. Either way, it looks like an OSHA nightmare.
I think I would nominate that situation as "The Bone Head Stunt of the Month", if that was a parade, I think an electric motor rigged to turn the prop slowly would be a better solution than running the engine at idle speed.
Look at the flags and the dust blowing up along the back edges of the trailer. That's a real, live prop. What are the guys thinking sitting in front of it? Anything??
Holy Crap!! This could've ended up winning the "Fickle Finger of Fate" award!
Hope the driver didn't take off too fast.
If the car lurched forward, there would be a a huge explosion of red mist, followed by a gentle rain of fleshy raindrops on the crowd.
If that is a Parade they are going fairly slowly but if the driver pops the clutch the fellows sitting on the bed could fall backwards. They might be far enough away to avoid injury. I guess it's kind of late now to help them any.
As for the White, I believe this is a similar truck with a different wheel option. A nice lady at White Motor Co. sent me this nearly 50 years ago.
Wish there was a White Truck forum as good as this one.
No Problem. The guy on the float is wearing a St. Christopher's medal, so hopefully the last thing to go through his mind isn't the prop.
I don't think he's quite that close to it. Maybe it's the angle but I think he could probably lean back until laying down and he'd never actually touch the prop. I wouldn't have a problem sitting there if I was as far forward as I think those guys are.
As for turning the prop with an electric motor - how many of the people at the parade have even SEEN an airplane before? Of any kind? Having it up and idling was probably one of the coolest things some of those folks saw at the parade. I'm usually the only car at car shows who routinely starts the engine up for people just because it's cool and folks love it.
This is what happens when you become complacent. "It ain't gonna happen to me".
Probably sounded like this at idle.
That doesn't look a Jenny radiator. OX-5 engines were used in other planes, too. They opened aviation to civilians where it had been primarily a military endeavor.