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Blutarski2004
05-11-2004, 04:03 PM
The websites of the historical US WW2 fighter groups offer up a lot of interesting info. Her is one taken from a photo caption -

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Following the changeover from 100/130 grade fuel to higher performance 100/150 grade during the summer of 1944, 8th Air Force P-51 groups reported an alarming increase in the number of take-off crashes due to engine failure, mostly caused by spark plug fouling. One such incident involved Capt. William J. Shackelford's former mount, P-51B 42-106875, E2http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif of the 375th, at Little Walden on 9 November 1944, but the pilot, Lt. William H. Street, escaped unhurt.

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Blutarski2004
05-11-2004, 04:03 PM
The websites of the historical US WW2 fighter groups offer up a lot of interesting info. Her is one taken from a photo caption -

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Following the changeover from 100/130 grade fuel to higher performance 100/150 grade during the summer of 1944, 8th Air Force P-51 groups reported an alarming increase in the number of take-off crashes due to engine failure, mostly caused by spark plug fouling. One such incident involved Capt. William J. Shackelford's former mount, P-51B 42-106875, E2http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif of the 375th, at Little Walden on 9 November 1944, but the pilot, Lt. William H. Street, escaped unhurt.

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p1ngu666
05-11-2004, 04:16 PM
perhaps thats when they put in new plugs after each mission
iirec plugs where good for 12hours, each mission was 8hours

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LuftLuver
05-11-2004, 05:10 PM
Correct p1ng,

And in the PTO, US pilots on their return leg would lean their fuel mix out to a point that would ensure a safe landing and a set of fouled plugs. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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