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Published on Jul 4, 2007
Video is of the former UK-based Republic P-47 "No Guts No Glory" at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino, California in Jan., 2007. This aircraft had JUST been sold to a new USA owner by Provenance Fighter Sales. This was a very nice and generous gesture flying "No Guts" for a public flight display. This is typical of the Southern California warbird scene. We locals are very lucky here in SoCal USA!
If you will notice, the idle of the P&W R-2800 engine sounds a little irregular. At the beginning of the startup, it was discovered that the engine had an "oil lock." That means that excess quantities of engine oil had seeped into the lower cylinders. The engine required "pulling through" by the ground crew, i.e. manually rotating the prop to clear some of the trapped oil in the cylinders. I think some of the spark plugs were still fouled during the taxi sequence, resulting in the irregular idle. Steve Hinton obviously cleared the fouling during engine run-up just prior to takeoff.