Air Cooled by bmac62 ()
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Got so enamored with this antique airplane engine that I forgot to read the card with the type of plane:) Vintage sometime in the 1930s.
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I like biplanes because they fly both ways (sorry). This is a nice clear shot. I don't recall ever seeing the carburetors out and unprotected like that.
I did a little search and after noticing the name on the carbs I think this could be a Kinner engine, possibly a B-5 model. The plane might be a Fleet Fawn. What do you think?
Mark, Thanks for the investigative googling. You are right, the engine in my photograph is a Kinner...I'm not sure if it is a B-5, K-5 or an R-5:-) Main difference is horsepower. I couldn't get anything from your second reference but that's OK. I took the plane's FAA "N number" or in this case, NC619Y and googled it. I also googled, "antique aircraft in Concrete, WA" and got a picture and stats of this actual aircraft. So, this is a WACO INF built and sold in 1930. It is fun running this stuff down! BTW, the five things protruding from the cowling are five cylinders. The engine is called a radial engine.
This reminds me of a purchase I should have made when I was still a student. There was a wonderful wooden propeller for sale in the vintage shop above my favourite bookstore. It was £30 pounds, which was more than 6 times my weekly allowance. It would certainly have paid for itself now, over half a century later.
Great shot and great research and information Bill. I can see why you got into this. The engine just shows enough to get you hooked to find out more. I also like the apparent overcast which reduces or actually eliminates harsh shadows. Here in Arizona it is tough to get any good outdoor shots of any object because of the harsh sunlight. Did you by any chance hear it run?
I read your dialogue with Mark (wysiwig)---you know how much I wanna say, "Oh, surely it's not a NC619Y!" (and sound like I actually know something about this). But I can't...Your high degree of hue-brilliance and composition allow this front end to burst into our sight, with the blacks and silvery grays standing out brilliantly against that eye popping red. And the lines of the propeller, and of the wing on top, etc, make wonderful contrasts. Terrific big shot, and full of vivid contrasts.