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    Starting a Cub with a rubber band

    From the April, 1941 issue of Popular Science, by way of the fascinating (but NOT 100% family friendly) Modern Mechanix blog.

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    Real Cubs don't need no stinking starter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Greenwood View Post
    Real Cubs don't need no stinking starter!
    Dear Preacher Greenwood -

    Amen!

    Sincerely,

    The Choir


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    I'll have to print this out...we were just talking about this last week in the shop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Greenwood View Post
    Real Cubs don't need no stinking starter!
    Concur. Just posted a picture of my C-85 for my Cub project on another board and someone asked, "Where is the starter?" Seriously.

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    1940 J5 -A with bungee cord starter

    We have a 1940 J5-A here at the WNC Air Museum that has what's called the Hummer Starter. Hope you can see the enclosed adds.

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    Fantastic - I wouldn't have guessed that any of these survived! Thanks for letting us know,

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    Now, it would really be something if they replaced the engine with the rubber band. A couple of years there was a plane that showed up at Oshkosh (some cub-ish taildragger, might have been a pacer, my memory is hazy) that had painted down the side of the fuselage a big twisted up rubber band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon View Post
    Now, it would really be something if they replaced the engine with the rubber band.
    A guy named George Heaven was working on this in Van Nuys in the mid '90s. So far as I know, the full-scale version never flew, and doesn't seem to have gone beyond wingless taxi tests. Anyone know whatever happened?

    Here's an article from the September 1996 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine:

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    http://books.google.com/books?id=RGY...rplane&f=false
    Last edited by Hal Bryan; 09-01-2011 at 08:18 AM.

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    Didn't some World War I aircraft start by attaching a rubber belt to the prop and pulling from the side? Seems like I read that somewhere.

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