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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by HotRodSteve, Jan 2, 2019.
Sounds like my '66 VW Bug
Thanks. Cool thread. Here's a picture of the cockpit from the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome where they have a museum dedicated to WWI planes and put on air shows in the summer. I haven't been in a few years. You've inspired me to go back!
There's an air circus not far from me. They give rides but it's not cheap. I went years ago and to walk the flight line was cool. Those planes did not look safe but seemed to fly great.
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a local treasure! Got to see a Sopwith Camel fly there, not sure if it was an original Camel or engine, but it was loud as hell and sputtered when the pilot blipped the engine. https://oldrhinebeck.org/
How did the intake manifold work on the rotary engines? One carburetor? How in the world do you supply air/fuel to rotating cylinders?
I think each cylinder had its own carburetor. I could be wrong. Insanity!
Via the crankcase
Thanks to Bob Womack and Guitarzan for their explanations of alternating cylinder firings. I know very little about these things, yet was fascinated by the Smithsonian's airing of the birth of jet engines. The engineering feats were remarkable and the progress quite rapid in the scheme of things.
When you said rotary engine all I could think of was the Wankel engine that Mazda used. Any relation or similarity?
I actually drove a car with a Wankel engine (RX7) and survived, there can't be any comparison. And there were no Fokkers trying to kill me!
None at all.
A WWI rotary is designed so that the entire engine spins. The crankshaft is bolted to the firewall and the crankcase and cylinders spin around it. The pistons and connecting rods swing around the crankshaft journal...which stands still.
Here's a very cool video of a Clerget rotary assembly. Amazing what they can do with CAD these days!
Note the addition of the carb at the end. Very simple sliding plate type. We ran a very similar carb on a VW engine (converted to aircraft use) back in the 70's. Worked quite well!