Keepin’ ’Em Fly­ing Ain’t Easy

Flight Journal - - AIRDROP - Richard Bruce, San Diego, CA

Your Au­gust 2018 is­sue con­cen­trat­ing on war­birds got me to won­der­ing: Where are these own­ers and re­stor­ers ob­tain­ing the en­gines?

As these V-1650 and V-1710 liq­uid-cooled en­gines haven’t been man­u­fac­tured in more than 70 years, where are the re­stor­ers find­ing them? Who is over­haul­ing them, and where are they get­ting the re­place­ment parts? Like­wise with the “round” en­gines. With hun­dreds of these clas­sic planes now fly­ing, some need­ing four en­gines, there must be a huge de­mand for them.

Could you en­lighten us read­ers? To say that find­ing some parts for these old en­gines is be­com­ing dif­fi­cult is an un­der­state­ment. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of the en­gines were built, how­ever, so the en­gines are easy to keep run­ning com­pared other com­po­nents, like wheels and brakes. Lots of items needed to fly are close to be­com­ing ex­tinct.—BD

Rar­i­ties wait­ing to be scrapped at NAS Jack­sonville af­ter the war. (Photo cour­tesy of Jack Cook)

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