Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

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…

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

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.

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Measuring compression on the left engine

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Measuring compression on all cylinders with an American compressometer.

Wanna Fly Again

One cylinder didn’t have compression at all!

Wanna Fly Again

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.

Wanna Fly Again

The piston and the piston-rod fragment

Wanna Fly Again

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.

Wanna Fly Again

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.

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Twisting the blades off, each weighs 30 kg

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Phone consulting

Wanna Fly Again

Disassembling the screw AV-50 and making a special tool.

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Part of the power cylinder

Wanna Fly Again

Power cylinder

Wanna Fly Again

Wanna Fly Again

Washing the cylinder

Wanna Fly Again

Corrosion on the elements of the rotorhead

Wanna Fly Again

The main nut, it fixes the airscrew…

to be continued…

Location: Tushino, Moscow

via vulkan-avia

13 thoughts on “Wanna Fly Again”

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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