What is that grey spirally bit in front of the propeller mounted on this Shvetsov ASh-62 radial engine?

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    $\begingroup$ The aircraft it's connected to seems to be a Lisunov LI-2, a licensed version of the DC-3 built by Russia. This may be the only flying example of the aircraft. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Jul 22, 2019 at 12:05

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It is a fitting for a Hucks Starter.

Photos from Vintage Wings Canada

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    $\begingroup$ I saw the first photo and assumed the starter shaft was just connected to some typical-looking airport equipment. The second photo was quite the surprise,. $\endgroup$
    – zymhan
    Jul 22, 2019 at 12:41
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    $\begingroup$ Here I was hoping it was a bottle opener... :/ $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Jul 22, 2019 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ I'm getting a picture of somebody forgetting to chock the aircraft wheels, and the starter truck crashing into something while reversing out of the way at top speed :) $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Jul 22, 2019 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ @FreeMan It's a Russian engine. The vodka is in the fuel tank, not in the nose cone. $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Jul 22, 2019 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ Both the airplane and the truck are beautiful. Just beautiful. $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2019 at 19:03

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