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Here's a photo of the Riedel starter engine that was mounted in the nose cones of the Junkers Jumo 004 engines that powered the Me 262. It was a two-stroke flat engine with a pull start accessed via a small hole in the nose cone. The developer of the starter engine, Norbert Riedel, was a mechanical engineer who worked in motorcycle development, most notably for German manufacturer Victoria.


At the end of the war, the occupying Soviets moved the whole Jumo show along with German technical personnel to the Klimov plant in the USSR. The Soviets further developed it into the RD-10 which powered aircraft such as Lavochkins and Yaks. The Soviet copy of the Jumo 004 engine had the same starting system.






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