View Full Version : How many Studebaker Built Engines Are On This B-17G?

05-18-2017, 02:35 PM

05-22-2017, 01:11 AM
A list was compiled (by Fred fox?) and published in TW years ago listing all the surviving planes and what engines they had at the time.

05-22-2017, 10:22 AM
One would be hard pressed to know how many Studebaker built R-1820 engines are in a B-17 at any particular time. The engines are swapped and rebuilt as necessary. There are always engines in use while spares are stored or in the rebuild shops.

For quite a large part of the war Studebaker was the prime supplier of Wright R-1820 engines to the military while Wright was busy building other models for a variety of aircraft. It took a big load off of Wright at a critical time, plus Wright wasn't the best run of aircraft companies...they had a great deal of management problems and getting aircraft and engines out of production and to the various services.

05-22-2017, 12:24 PM
All four if the logo description is accurate. IAC, it's a great watch. Excellent post close to Memorial Day.



05-22-2017, 01:26 PM
Those of us who have long experience with automobiles know it is easy to swap a nameplate. Is there some external visible difference between an R1820 built by Studebaker and one built by Curtis Wright? Are the cylinders and other major parts interchangeable?

05-22-2017, 06:58 PM
One of my first "after I hit the lottery" purchases will be one of those engines.

They're a bit cheaper if they are not airworthy... ;)

StudeDave '57 :cool:

05-23-2017, 07:30 PM
To answer the OP's question, THREE Studebaker built engines. (at least that was true when I looked this plane over at Norwood, Mass. airport!)

63 R2 Hawk
05-23-2017, 08:10 PM
Lacey Lady (I worked on her today, in fact) has four Studebaker-built 1820s. This is the plane that was a gas station canopy in Milwaukee, Oregon from 1947 to 2014 and was recently featured on "Strange Inheritance". It is being restored back to flying condition. Those four motors-and the entire plane-have less than 50 hours TOTAL flying time. We will be hosting Warbirds Over the West on June 9th and 10th. Featured are a 2 place P-51 you can take a flight in and a P-38 Lightning. There is also a car show on Saturday.

05-23-2017, 09:39 PM
I'm scheduled to take a flight in FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Superfortress which will be in my area in a couple of weeks. I've flown in a B-17 before...now with the B-29 to complete the Boeing pair. None of FIFI's engines are Studebaker as Wright made all of that model.

05-24-2017, 02:27 AM
To answer the OP's question, THREE Studebaker built engines. (at least that was true when I looked this plane over at Norwood, Mass. airport!)

'xactly--- that was then- but what about now?
Next year's (or maybe next weeks?) answer is likely going to be different... ;)

These big radial engines get changed more often then one might think.
Just as we learned last time we talked about this bird.

Or was it Sentimental Journey...?

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/birds/IMG_1624.jpg (http://s175.photobucket.com/user/StudeDave/media/birds/IMG_1624.jpg.html)

Or was it Liberty Belle...?

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/My%20Rides/SweetPeaandLibertyBelle08-1.jpg (http://s175.photobucket.com/user/StudeDave/media/My%20Rides/SweetPeaandLibertyBelle08-1.jpg.html)

Either way---
If there's one thing I learned during my 20 years in Naval Aviation-- it's that 'preventative' maintenance is a good thing.
And these vintage birds (especially the BIG ones) are maintained to a degree above and beyond average.
If someone even *thinks* there is a problem- there will be tools and parts involved.
Aircraft can't/don't just pull over when there is a problem.

StudeDave '57 :cool:

05-24-2017, 07:11 PM
This one is the Nine-'O-Nine.

05-24-2017, 09:49 PM
About twenty years ago I took a flight in Nine-O-Nine. I was able to co-pilot it for part of the flight. That was a real highlight for me.

63 R2 Hawk
05-25-2017, 02:25 AM
My wife and I flew from Medford, Oregon to Salem OR on Nine-O-Nine four days before we were married in 2006 and I took one of the Collings "Dusk Patrol" flights in San Jose in the '80s, it was a Father's Day present from my late wife. They will be in Oregon around the middle of June.