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Funny Interview With La-5FN Pilot

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The automatic translation is kind of clunky, but what I gather is that rotating the prop during preflight would throw oil on the belly and wings THAT CAUGHT FIRE when they cranked it over LOL. If they got the engine started promptly it would blow the fire out, otherwise they were screwed. This is why I love the Soviets.

 

 

http://www.airpages.ru/ru/aleks.shtml

 

"With the receipt of spare parts were there problems?

 

Basically, no. There were spare parts without interruptions. However, due to the fact that M-82 was inclined to "oiling" and the subsequent burning of candles, the candles were always in a certain deficit. The engineer of the regiment constantly wore a bag with candles and personally distributed them to the mechanics. Motorists, respectively, the top of the skill was considered to have the engineer of the extra heels of new candles "lure". M-82 oil had another drawback. As the plane was standing, the oil began to accumulate in the lower cylinders. And before starting, it was necessary to scroll the screw so that the oil "squeezed out". And where is it squeezed out? Correctly, on the belly, yes on the wings. Then you start the engine to start, and the flame from the nozzles sets this oil on fire. That's how it used to be, the engine sneezes, you burn slowly, and everyone is looking at you - "blow away" the flame or not? The instruction for these cases was that it was necessary to continue the launch. The engine will "spin up" - the flame will blow away necessarily. But, sometimes it happened that the engine did not start and the plane burned. Naturally. Once I had a case. We drove the cars to the forward airfield. Most of the technical specialists have already gone there, so the gunsmiths helped us in the engine starts. I was helped by my armourer Anfisa. At La-5 the engine was launched from an air tank. There it was necessary - after starting the engine, detach the hose and close the hatch. I Anfisu instructed, gave the key to the coupler to unscrew. I started to start the engine, started normally, I look at Anfisa - a natural black woman, black, only the whites of her eyes sparkle. It turned out, that at the moment of scrolling, she was in front of the exhaust pipes and she was all this oil sludge - right in the face. "Spit" her "shop". As it was then washed (at the field airfield) - I do not know."

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It is not just the Soviets.  When the RAF started Typhoons they had men with fire extinguishers waiting as it had a bad habit of bursting into flames.    There is a painting of a Typhoon somewhere which shows a little sign on the radiator which says 

 

 "IF THIS ENGINE CATCHES FIRE ON STARTING,

   DON'T JUST WAVE YOUR ARMS AT THE PILOT --   TRY PUTTING THE BLOODY THING OUT AS WELL." 

:-)

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