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    Winding up the rubber band!

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    What exactly are they spinning up? Something like a flywheel? Or a magneto to charge a capacitor or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevillageinn View Post
    What exactly are they spinning up? Something like a flywheel? Or a magneto to charge a capacitor or something?
    Inertia starter. The crank spins a heavy flywheel up to a certain rpm, then the pilot throws a lever to connect the flywheel to the engine. It was also used on German tanks at the time. They called it "schwungmasse" or something similar.



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