Railway Preservation in the UK

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:57 AM


In the original movie, "Flight of the Phoenix" the airplane's engine is started with cartridges. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffman_engine_starter 



General Stewart demonstrates:


Not a as dramatic, but here's a shotgun start of an FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter.


I remember reading in "Air Classics" magazine around 1970 or so of a "Wildcat" restoration.  The owner replaced the original shotgun starter with an electric one, because he considered an electric one more reliable, and he wasn't sure of the availability of the cartridges.  Obviously the owner of the plane in the video managed to find some.

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