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More: Moscow - Vnukovo (VKO / UUWW)
More: Russia, March 3, 2006
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RA-65*** Old Rolls-Royce Nene at work!!! Blowing over the 134's engine prior to a flight
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A visitor from France posted Thu September 22, 2011:
And using the afterburner variant VF-1F when temparature reaches -30°c

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Wed February 23, 2011:
Truck is KrAZ-255, were produced 1967-1984.

A visitor from - posted Wed December 23, 2009:
What you see here is one method for DE-Icing, used only in the former USSR and some regions in china.
Western airlines prohibit this procedure in their operations manuals (OMs) because it's not safe and reliable at all. De- and Antiicing in the western hemisphere is done by a mix of a glycol-fluid and hot water or pure antiice-fluid

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 19, 2007:
Just came across the photo, must be extremely cold! Noted the comments about "last resort" warming the engine. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do, regardless. Assuming it was safe or it wouldn't be done. The truck is really what caught my eye, looks like quite a "monster", probably dwarfs our military "deuce and a halfs"! Would like to know more about the truck and its manufacturer, if there's a website with that info. Thanks to Sergei for the picture!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Thu August 24, 2006:
This truck is no Ural, but it's Kraz )

A visitor from Germany posted Tue March 21, 2006:
Just for those of you who haven't heard of the gasturbine (jet engine), it works best with cold air, because of the energylevel the air is best when cold.
The warming operation as pictured is something out of the wild wild east, and serves only one purpose, to get the engine turning because it was frozen stiff to the outer casing, otherwise it hurts the engine terribly and should not be done under normal circumstances.

A visitor from South Africa posted Sat March 18, 2006:
I think it is to possibly get some warm air into the engine for start?

i may be wrong though.

A visitor from Spain posted Sat March 18, 2006:
That shouldn't be allowed! It must be incredibly noisy!

A visitor from Germany posted Sat March 18, 2006:
When I was in SVO they used such a thing (the truck is an Ural, by the way) for drying the tarmac. Was nice to look at ;).

A visitor from Finland posted Fri March 17, 2006:
What is this all about?... Sort of deicing?...

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