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Maintenance

Post by Bug_racer » 31 Oct 2005 12:49

Does anyone know how often they changed spark plugs and oil in any plane ? If supplies were unavailable what procedures were ommitted ?

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Re: Maintenance

Post by JonS » 31 Oct 2005 21:41

Bug_racer wrote:If supplies were unavailable what procedures were ommitted ?
The 'flying' procedure.

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Post by Ostkatze » 02 Nov 2005 04:45

25 hours I believe, although the engines of the time burned and leaked so much that the oil never got very old. Champions would be inspected and cleaned constantly, plug failure being only a little more possible then than now. My old man's log book only records one bad plug, on a Constellation going into Havana. np.

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Post by tigre » 27 Jul 2018 04:16

Hello to all :D; a query about maintenance: Maintenance task on a Zerstörer Bf 110.
Looking at the picture below, I wonder what was the level of maintenance performed by the ground crews at the field aerodromes? Here it is seen that the port engine has been lowered (how long did it take to dismantle the engine? How many hours of flight was this necessary? ...........
Source: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Bf-110/ZG76 ... 40-01.html

TIA. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Maintenance

Post by tigre » 08 Sep 2018 16:44

Hello to all :D; Maintenance on a Bf 109 E.
Checking the weapons?
Source: https://www.pinterest.es/pin/482659285042811674/
https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery ... s-2/bf109/

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Re: Maintenance

Post by tigre » 25 Sep 2018 04:19

Hello to all :D; more: Heinkel He 111.
Source: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/9f/c7/5e/9fc7 ... e62247.jpg
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Re: Maintenance

Post by tigre » 20 Oct 2018 01:30

Hello to all :D; The Bf-110 C a destroyer fighter for the blitzkrieg.

Maintenance tasks on the engines of a Bf-110 C of the ZG 76 in France 1940 .......................

Source: https://www.ebay.de/itm/R709-Foto-Wehrm ... 0012.m1985
https://www.ebay.de/itm/R705-Foto-Wehrm ... 0005.m1851

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Re: Maintenance

Post by tigre » 27 Oct 2018 01:59

Hello to all :D; more: Messerschmitt Bf-110C.

The Bf-110C was the first version of the Bf-110 to be equipped with Daimler Benz engines. The C series was built around two DB 601A engines, capable of providing 1,100 hp. This increased the speed of the aircraft to 349 mph at 22,295 ft, and at least gave it a chance of achieving its intended role.

Source: http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/we ... _110C.html
https://www.pinterest.es/pin/576038608560061222/
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Re: Maintenance

Post by tigre » 14 Feb 2021 02:27

Hello to all :D; more: Zerstörer in action!.
Source: https://reibert.info/threads/zg1-osa-ze ... 448/page-3
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Post by tigre » 10 Sep 2022 01:44

Hello to all :D; more: Zerstörer in action!.
Source: https://reibert.info/threads/zg1-osa-ze ... 448/page-3
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Re: Maintenance

Post by Pickle » 14 Sep 2022 21:38

Bug_racer wrote:
31 Oct 2005 12:49
Does anyone know how often they changed spark plugs and oil in any plane ?
I work on airplane piston engines, including Pratt and Whitney R-985's that were used on several American planes in WW2 and are still in common use now. Spark plugs are never routinely changed. Every 100 hours they are removed, cleaned and inspected. If any are worn out, only the worn ones are replaced; the others are re-used. Oil is changed every 50 hours.
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DeHavilland Beaver with R-985 engine. Photo by my sister, 2017.
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Re: Maintenance

Post by Pickle » 14 Sep 2022 22:06

tigre wrote:
27 Jul 2018 04:16
Hello to all :D; a query about maintenance: Maintenance task on a Zerstörer Bf 110.
Looking at the picture below, I wonder what was the level of maintenance performed by the ground crews at the field aerodromes? Here it is seen that the port engine has been lowered (how long did it take to dismantle the engine? How many hours of flight was this necessary? ...........
They probably got a new or freshly overhauled engine from the supply depot, swapped engines in the field, and sent the old one back to depot for overhaul. That's how it's done these days, almost universally, with both civilian and military planes. Each type of engine has a "recommended" time before overhaul, but that doesn't account for battle damage and other factors.

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Re: Maintenance

Post by tigre » 14 Sep 2022 23:26

Thanks for that info Pickle :wink:. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: Maintenance

Post by ROLAND1369 » 15 Sep 2022 14:11

For record my father flew B 24s from England during WW II. He stated that their engine oil was changed every 30 hours. An interesting side fact was that the oil was collected and stored on base and periodically the British would come and collect it. They filtered it and reused it presumably for civilian and non aircraft and non tactical use. The Quonset huts use for quarters by the aircrews were heated by pot belly stoves which used left over coal pieces and produced little heat. The aircrew and most likely all others of the US forces would sneak over and steal the used oil to use in the stoves. This significantly increased the heat output of the stove, as well as pissing off the Brits who came for the oi and found the tanks empty. During the early 1980s while in the army we operated out of Thorpe Camp, a WW II P38 base, and lived in the same type huts with the same iron stove which still produced little heat. We however did not have access to used engine oil, so some of my more enterprising soldiers broke up folding wooden chairs to feed to the stoves. Incidentally the airfield where we launched for a training mission into Germany, was located only 30 miles from Bungay where my father flew from during WW II. We both had a good laugh over the stoves later.

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