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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Why did they call them rope starts?

this may be a dumb queston, have heard the term and thought i'd get some info from you guys on a.net.

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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7687 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1220 times:

Could it be because the early P&W JT9D's had flame-out problems ?

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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1112 times:

i really dont know, and i guess nobody else does either. thanks UNITED FAN.

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1056 times:

I believe that it simply refers to the practice of having to pull on a starting-rope to ignite the petrol-engine of a lawn-mower and similar equipment.

The term "rope start" is therefore a jibe at older generation aircraft like the 747-100 which implies (a little unfairly) that their technology is so outdated that they need this kind of 'hand cranking' in order to start the engines - a bit like having to use a starting-handle on a vintage car rather than an ignition key.

It's certainly a phrase used by United Airlines pilots to describe retired aircraft, and I dare say it's common elsewhere too.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

.... to add to Backfire's post, they also have "steam powered instruments".
The term is used in the same vein.  Smile

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