B-29 Engine Overheat Issues Question

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  1. Robert Porter

    Robert Porter Well-Known Member

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    I have read and heard over the years many different conflicting stories about the causes, severity, and ultimate resolution of B-29 Engine Overheat issues. Can anyone direct me to a definitive source for information about this issue?
     
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    PM your email Robert and I'll send you some info....
     
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    Email sent Robert
     
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    Got it! Interesting causation, not sure I totally understand what an induction caused fire is but obviously it had to do with the fuel and air induction areas of the blower. It also seemed like they had a lot of issues with prop governing and feathering not always working. The two scariest places to have a fire in my opinion is first a submarine. Secondly an aircraft, especially when engine components are made of magnesium!

    They can't do it any more in schools, might scare the millennial's, but I vividly remember my chemistry teacher setting off magnesium in a ceramic jar, while smoking a cigarette I might add, another thing that would horrify folks nowadays! Lets just say it was impressive when he dumped the whole thing in an aquarium and it kept right on burning! Later we had a similar demonstration with white phosphorus!
     
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    Always loved that pic! Used it a lot. Had a quote with that image on my office door for years that read: "Lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part."
     
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    There is a book out (been out many years). Can't remember the author but it was XX Air Force. B-29's flying out of China, if I remember correctly, against Japan. Has some stories regarding engine fires, magnesium, etc.. You might be able to glean some info from that.
     
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