Re: 747 "Classic" ?

From:         petercoe@netcom.com (Pete Coe)
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Date:         20 Apr 96 14:02:49 
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droms@bucknell.edu (Ralph Droms) writes:

>In article <airliners.1996.538@ohare.Chicago.COM>, kls@ohare.Chicago.COM
>(Karl Swartz) wrote:

>> >: I've heard United pilots refer to the older 747s as "rope-starts," a
>> >: somewhat less complimentary term!
>>
>> >Okay, Karl, so, what did they mean by "rope-starts"?  :-)

>This may be related to the only funny bit I've ever seen Jerry Lewis
>perform (not to start any religious warfare; I, unlike the French, don't
>find him at all funny).  Lewis was a pilot for some two-bit airline, and
>he started the piston engines by reaching under the control panel to pull
>lawnmower-style rope starters...

On a BA 747 at Harare airport 1/1/1983 the crew couldn't get one of the
engines started.  Due to some presumed lack in local service ability he
attempted to start the engine by a very high speed taxi down the runway.

It didn't work.