Engine Starters (photos)


#1

Various engine starters…(a tad larger round than the aforementioned


#2

The large brass British one, which was used on the Canberra bomber (and most likely other aircraft) is a common case to find for sale at flea markets in the UK. They are often being sold as a “shell case” even though they are headstamped “CART ELECT ENG START”. The containers and caps are not so common though.


#3

Falcon, the US built the Canberra in licence as B-57. Maybe the starter here is from this time.


#4

That starter cartridge for the Canberra bomber is the same “Coffman starter” used in the original movie “Flight of the Phoenix” for that B-57 when Jimmy Stewart’s character tries to start the rebuilt plane a few times, and then does a shot with the ignition off to clear the cylinders. Great movie.


#5

DK Configuration, that was a C-119 “Flying Boxcar”, a totally different aircraft (no jet). The starters they been using in the movie were cal.4 if I remember correctly.


#6

You’re right EOD, I need to proofread more, I meant “similar to the B57” in terms of the cartridges used.


#7

I have seen Flight of the Phoenix (the original), and I remember seeing the “Coffman” starter in use. I think the Canberra was only ever started with the large brass cartridge shown. The one in the photo is definitely british made, as the container is marked “I.C.I.” .


#8

Very cool! I saw a similar movie a few years ago, I think with Mathew McConaheyhey were he used one of these to clear his plane engine and then the last one to start it. Can remember the name but it had a good view of the headstamp and box the rounds came in if I remember correctly.

Jason


#9

I guess we need to keep in mind, this is the same Hollywood that portrays a pistol round rolling off a table and setting off a chain reaction of havoc.


#10

Yeah, that is SO TRUE! The rounds he used in the movie can be “Hollywood” engine starters and not represent the true artifact in any way :-)