Re: Starting large piston engines

Date:         17 May 97 15:15:49 
From:         wb8foz@netcom.com (David Lesher)
Organization: NRK Clinic for habitual NetNews Abusers - Beltway Annex
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"Carl Peters, M.D." <cpeters@i1.net> writes:

>How were large radial pistons (eg. on a Connie, DC-4,6) started? The
>starter would be electrical, but what was the source - the onboard
>batteries vs. an external generator cart?

Lincoln Electric!

They make large gasoline engine-driven arc welders. An arc welder
is nothing but a large generator, supplying several hundred amps
at low voltage.

The old-timer* from UAL I worked with briefly related stories
of starting Electra's with them.....

* If you knew "the one man in the airline business who wore a
bow-tie and drank Martinis w/cherries" by his own description,
that's my source ;=]

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