Pilot restarts his plane’s malfunctioning engine midflight, 1960s


From the comments: “Starting an engine in flight. This was taken during a practice session for a local small air show at Buchanan Field (CCR). Merle Larson, a WWII B-24 pilot, has climbed out of the front seat to hand prop the dead engine. The plane is being flown by Gladys Davis (a CFI) from the back seat. Merle was always trying new things as an inventor and skilled craftsman. He designed and built three planes of unusual design as well as other aviation and non aviation items. His large square-cut rudder was used on several Stearman crop dusters.”

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