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-HH-Dubbo
03-28-2006, 09:13 PM
Was it regular practice to use a trolley accumulator to start a Beaufighter??
If not, was it possible to start a Beaufighter single-handedly or did you need an erk to do something externally as the engine was started?

-HH-Dubbo
03-28-2006, 09:13 PM
Was it regular practice to use a trolley accumulator to start a Beaufighter??
If not, was it possible to start a Beaufighter single-handedly or did you need an erk to do something externally as the engine was started?

GreyBeast
03-29-2006, 03:23 AM
You need to assign buttons to it, start one engine after the other...

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B16Enk
03-29-2006, 03:59 AM
Hi Dubbo M8, I'll answer seriously for you at least:

Found this detail in the Pilots Notes (I'll UL to web site if you want 'em) that indicates ground crew required.:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">36 Starting the engines and warming up
(i) Set the controls as follows :
Balance **** .. .. OFF
Fuel ***** .. .. INNER TANKS ON
Throttles .. .. 1 inch open. Do not pump the throttle levers
as this will cause too rich a mixture.
Mixture .. .. NORMAL ( if operative )
Propellor -
Hydromatic .. .. Fully forward
De Havilland 20€ .. .. Fully back
Superchargers .. .. M ratio
Air intake .. .. COLD
Gills .. .. OPEN
(ii) It is not necessary to prime the carburettor unless the aircraft has been standing for
a week or more. If necessary, this must be done by the ground crew.
(iii) Have each engine turned by hand for at least two revolutions of the propellor in
order to ensure that oil will not cause a hydraulic lock of pistons or sleeves.
(iv) High volatility fuel ( Stores ref. 34A/111 ) should be used, if an external priming
connection is fitted, for priming at air temperatures below freezing. Instruct the
ground crew to work the priming pump for the induction system until the suction
and delivery pipes are primed. This may be judged by a sudden increase in
resistance to the plunger.
(v) Switch ON the ignition and instruct the ground crew to switch ON the starting
magnetos ( if fitted ).
(vi) Switch ON starter master switches ( if fitted ) and press the starter button for each
engine in turn, for periods of not more than 20 seconds, with a 30 second wait
between each. The ground crew will prime the induction system of each engine
while it is being turns, and the engine should start after the following number of
strokes if cold : if K.40 ( 40c.c. effective ) pumps are fitted, divide by four, giving an
incomplete stroke where necessary.
Air temperature ?C +30 +20 +10 0 -10 -20
Normal 3 4 7 12
High volatile fuel 4 8 18
(vii) It will probably be necessary for the ground crew to continue priming after the
engine has fired and until it picks up on the carburettor.
(viii) The ground crew will switch off the starting magnetos ( if fitted ) and screw down
the priming pumps.
(ix) Run each engine as slowly as possible for the first half-minute, then warm up at
about 1000 r.p.m. . If oil has been diluted after previous run, it is of particular
importance that oil pressure be watched during initial warming up, as no hot-pots
are fitted in the oil tanks.
(x) De Havilland 20€ propellor :- When the engines have been running for about a
minute, move the propellor speed controls slowly fully forward.
Note :- On aircraft fitted with 20€ propellors : When the engines are being kept
warm in readiness for immediate take-off, the propellor controls should be
kept fully forward. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

-HH-Dubbo
03-29-2006, 08:34 AM
Perfect. Thanks very much. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

B16Enk
03-29-2006, 08:36 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Perfect. Thanks very much. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Least I could do, considering the missions you have created!