Sunday, October 23, 2011

Be back soon

I just have to catch a flight first.

6 Comments:

At 7:50 AM, Blogger TrueBlueSam said...

Rotarian 'splodey motor!

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Mr. Engineering Johnson said...

I have a special rotary motor to share when I get back. Just a hint, there are no pushrods involved.

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Brigid said...

I think that would fit in your carry on. If you can bring it home, I can fly it.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Mr. Engineering Johnson said...

Too bad the triple seven has such lousy overhead bins. Of course the gypsy moth...

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Sopwith triplane! Lurvely! Ran on a complete-loss oiling system that relied on castor-bean oil to stick to the cylinders and spinny-twirly bits and made the pilots incontinent and have to land behind enemy lines to take a dump - but so did most of the enemy rotary machines until the Fokker D-VII with the BMW 6-cyl inline engine showed-up.
I used to work with a descendent of Tony Fokker.

 
At 12:08 AM, Blogger Mr. Engineering Johnson said...

Yes, these did run on castor oil lube. I'd like to find it again but I recall reading about an incident in which a pilot was essentially stranded until he aquired enough castor oil to safely fly again. He had to convince a nurse at a hospital that he was perpetually... well... uncomfortable, and collect the doses for his aircraft.

I think Arch Whitehouse wrote about that but my memory could be faulty.

 

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