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Is This An-24 Startup Unusual?  
User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8346 posts, RR: 4
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

I saw this video of an Antonov An-24 airliner having someone literally spraying the propellers and engine intake during engine startup at Chita Kadala Airport (IATA: HTA) in probably very hot weather:


Is this normal practice to start a plane like this?

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User currently offlineBeiaard From United States of America, joined May 2011, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

We discussed this not long ago:
What Exactly Is Going On With This Airplane? (by DIJKKIJK Sep 20 2011 in Tech Ops)

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 8):
I've read before that the Antonov turboprops were notoriously hard to start on hot days, and a common solution was to spray cold water at the inlet to cool the engine. I'm not sure how true this is, but it almost makes sense - you can get an extra boost of power from the ingested water, almost like water injection on the early turbojets.

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