Aviation Photo #0985018 McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82) - American Airlines

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The pilots were unable to start the #1 engine. The aircraft was towed back into the gate and an A&P worked under the cowling for about 20 minutes. Then they pushed back and it started right up.
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    Keith Wahamaki
    American Airlines
    McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82)
    McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (DC-9-80)
    McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (DC-9-80)
    McDonnell Douglas
    49315
    1257
    N70404
    San Francisco - International
    California
    USA
    December 6, 2005
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Comments (31)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Cof cof cof...nice timing
Anonymous
11 years ago
At first glance it appears that the Jet has skidded on the runway and has a problem. Its just a picture of a jet getting pushed back and starting an engine.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Holy smoke!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
New engine?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Whoargh, they're really going for it in the cockpit. Not only shooting out a tonnes of weird stuff from no 1 as it fires up, but also full elevator deflection as they check the full and free movement of the controls at the same time as the engine start. Take me to DFW! No time to waste!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Don't you just love the smell of jet exhaust?!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot! Very good angle and timing, very rare combination.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What is that coming out of the engine? Is it smoke?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks like fuel but no ignition- fogging just a bit - better motor it awhile with fuel off to clear out the combustion chamber, or a nice bang when you get ignition
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just clearing its throat ... you ought to see an early RB211 on startup sometimes *cough cough*
Anonymous
11 years ago
I see that quite often. That is Jet-A Vapors. The startup Bang just after this is usually loud. It's a cold start. ERJ's do it all the time
Anonymous
11 years ago
Must of been in storage for a while
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a gas~ hehe...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just has to get the dust out. That's all =)
Anonymous
11 years ago
... just like the big radial engines from the 40's...
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's actually called torching. When a jet engine (an apu for that matter) shut down, there is some residual fuel vapor leftover,so on the engine start it ignites, creating this effect. I see it all the time as I fly around the country on the 320 and E190s.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Smokey engine staritng!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ouch!.

Thats a great picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cotton Candy! :-) Yay!
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOOOOOW! Bad day...?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thats not torching, it is raw fuel due to no ignition, it comes out as a mist when no ignition due to an ingnition fault or maint "wet" motoring an engine. "Torching" is ignited fuel vapors- "fogging" is what we see here. And no this is not normal starting smoke for a JT8-219
Anonymous
11 years ago
Maybe they use Russian fuel?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Seems to happen quite often there, look at those kerosene stains on the ground... ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
The last thing you would want to do while standing behind that plane is to light a cigarette.
Anonymous
11 years ago
*sniff-sniff... Something smells funky.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Smoke... highly flamible jet fuel... fire
Anonymous
10 years ago
Interesting because it's a different, technical situation the a/c is in. would have been spectacular if visible fuel vapour had gone bang.

harvey d.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I've seen this before with CRJ 900's mesa airlines, once or twice, the fuel didn't go boom though when the engine finally started. Was kinda funny though as if there were any rampers behind it they would have gotten a lung full
Anonymous
8 years ago
Nice shot..
Anonymous
6 years ago
Need for Speed "DRIFT"
Anonymous
6 years ago
I've never seen this before. Quite interesting, great catch. This is my favorite a/c to fly in. The two seat, isle, three seat config is just perfect for my wife and I. No third wheel sitting next to us.

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