13 Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Posted on May 17, 2012 by team

While restoring and returning 2 units of IL-14T to heaven you realize that planes have souls too. If you treat it as a friend you have a friend’s response. It tries to help, shows itself from a better side. Even “an ill” plane tries to keep its spirits up willing to show it can still be useful and shouldn’t be discarded…

Measuring compression

The left engine of “Blue Dream” lacked 100 revolutions, produced some vibration,  non-typical metal sounds, supercharge did not correspond with revolutions. So the guys were trying to find the reason and fix it.


Measuring compression on the left engine

Measuring compression on all cylinders with an American compressometer.

One cylinder didn’t have compression at all!

Had to dismantle the cylinder! They had to make special keys. It’s hard to dismantle this detail. It took three days to do it.

The piston and the piston-rod fragment

Mounting seat of the cylinder

It became clear that the piston rod was broken long ago. It lacked a fragment of about 10 cm… The engine had been working in such a state for long spoiling other cylinders, counterweights, pistons…

Yes, this engine was made for the war! Fighters La-5FN with similar engines managed to fly with one destroyed cylinder being hit with a shell.

The reason of the breakage was a hydraulic shock. The left engine had to be replaced. The broken one could be a donor.

The airscrew is to be dismantled first.

Twisting the blades off, each weighs 30 kg


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13 Responses to “Wanna Fly Again”

  1. petrohof says:

    that is not a compression checker, it is for measuring the blow-by of the piston or valve leakage. i guess ‘key’ is special wrenches for the cylinder base bolts, a lot of work. this looks like an 18 cylinder radial engine, 2 rows of cylinders.

  2. yojimbo says:

    Few people realize that the primary reason that jet engines came into common use was because they have very few moving parts in comparison to a reciprocating piston engine meaning far less maintenance which of course was very attractive to military forces.

    It takes a considerably larger number of man hours to maintain a radial engine powered aircraft it takes a lot to keep a piston engine running at the level of perfection that flying demands.

    A new issue that is arsing for older piston powered aircraft is that oil companies around the world are lowering the amount leaded aviation gas that these old engines need to run on at some point production of leaded AVGAS will cease completely.

    • yojimbo says:

      By the way the article a few days ago about the Mi-4 it used the same engine as well Shvetsov ASh-82.

  3. sdfgsdfg says:


    These sure aren’t no fools spending their time playing Diablo 3!!!!

  4. What an incredible amount of work. But I’m very happy to see that there are men who make it their business to care for and return to the air awesome flying machines like that one. You can keep the jets and fly by wire nonsense. I’ll take one of these blood and iron aircraft any day.

    I always wanted to restore a Stearman or J3 Cub. One day I will and I hope to work with people like these.

    • ptc says:

      This airplane is in the middle of the scrapyard – how they plan to get it out? It was clear on previous set of pictures

      • Babysitter says:

        This “scrapyard” is at the Tushino airfield so it shouldn’t be a problem to get the plane into air.

  5. nicolas from France says:

    Interesting project, Love retro things, hope to see the video soon ! Keep it up

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