help with the photo

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help with the photo

Joined: May 31st, 2009, 6:11 pm

June 12th, 2018, 6:07 pm #1

Hi,
I'd like some help with the photo showing a radial engine hoisting somewhere in Russia ww2. I was surprised to see there was indeed a kind of crane used by the Soviets for such cases. Any help with the identification of the vehicle behind the mechanic and the crane itself would be valuable.
Cheers,
Panagiotis.

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Joined: December 18th, 2016, 8:46 pm

June 12th, 2018, 7:10 pm #2

I think that the photo shows 2 Americans loading an engine into a Soviet Ford AA truck most likely during the Shuttle missions.  Notice the sheepskin coats used by USAAF personnel, whether ground or flying crew.  The crane looks to be a Le Torneau type.
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Joined: April 14th, 2009, 5:29 pm

June 12th, 2018, 9:38 pm #3

The airplane is either a C-47 or Li-2 based on the landing gear.  The engine being loaded on the truck seems to be a single row radial, so NOT a P&W R1830 from a C-47 but could well be a Shvetsov ASh-62 which powered the Li-2 and was a single row radial engine.

I agree that the vehicle body appears to be a a Soviet Ford AA truck.

I lean towards NOT Americans.

C2j
Assembler of plastic model kits for over 50 years.
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