The Faulty Double Wasp

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The Curtiss Wright R-2800-34 Double Wasp's 18 cylinders are highly stressed. They live in an environment, where their outside basks in air at -40C, and inside they handle hot and flaming gases. Cylinder heads respond by cracking. Other parts break off, like exhaust valves within a cylinder which are squeezed between the piston and the head. Changing a broken cylinder head above your head are tedious affairs involving stripping off the air baffles, ignition components, fuel injection lines, exhaust stacks and manifold intake pipes.

fabian wolf, zerega.andino, and 53 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. kpangel68 92 months ago | reply

    great shot!

  2. vinecountryboy 91 months ago | reply

    Need some help I love working old engines large or small!
    You are right the temperature diffrences are a Cylinder killer!
    SAS tried to fly DC 7 over the pole to the west cost from it din't last long the DC8 saved SAS then.

  3. iceovarock 91 months ago | reply

    great colors.

  4. ck/ck 91 months ago | reply

    I really thought this would be a much older photo, like 50 years old or something. Probably because of the old aircraft and the vintage-feeling colors. Very nice.


  5. s U o 90 months ago | reply

    Excellent. I like the tones & the composition.

  6. Wil Zoetekouw 90 months ago | reply

    interesting.. nice shot


  7. bauple58 88 months ago | reply

    Hi there Zerega

    I'm an admin for a group called Preserved aircraft, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.


  8. 87 months ago | reply

    Just a quick note of thanks. I found this image to be perfect for a post on my blog and I have borrowed it ensuring that I have provided double credit in forms of a link directly to your profile, and a link to the image page. Your photography is fantastic, and hopefully my post will generate further traffic to your profile and collection of photography. If you feel that your image has been inappropriately used, please let me know and I will remove all references from my blog immediately. Keep up the great work, and thank you.

  9. © Sam.Seyffert 83 months ago | reply

    Interesting photograph and illustrating story! Thanks!

  10. MichaelHD ( ) 78 months ago | reply

    Well seen !!!! great capture

  11. aesse 66 months ago | reply

    Great HDR! your are invited to post your works in

    Please post it to the HDR Freedom group.

  12. Mя.Møпstɛr 66 months ago | reply

    nice engine shot!

  13. mlhradio 45 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on receiving more than 4,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 3000' group to the 'Views: 4000' group, which can be found here:

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