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Fri Sep 13, 2002 11:32 pm

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

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RE: 747-100'S

Sat Sep 14, 2002 2:11 am

Could it be because the early P&W JT9D's had flame-out problems ?
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RE: 747-100'S

Sat Sep 14, 2002 2:46 pm

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

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RE: 747-100'S

Sat Sep 14, 2002 7:21 pm

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a jibe at older generation aircraft like the 747-100 which implies (a little unfairly) that their technology is so outdated that they need this kind of 'hand cranking' in order to start the engines - a bit like having to use a starting-handle on a vintage car rather than an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

Sat Sep 14, 2002 7:29 pm

.... 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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