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I was flying IL2 one day a few summers ago when I heard the distinct sound of radials. I got up and went on my porch and a B-25 flew over!! More coming though, so I stayed, and a B-17 and a B-24 both flew over. Turns out that they were at our local airport in Astoria, OR landing for a weekend of pay rides and tours. I just happened to be lucky enough to live along the approach for landing!!

 

Another time I was getting laundry out of my truck and I heard that lovely sound of the Merlin also and looked up. There I spied a Mustang zipping over head! Very cool. Lastly, when I was in HS, my boss at the marina where I worked, well him and his twin brother had flown F4F's in WWII as coastal patrol types over the Atlantic. We were sittin in the shop one day and heard a plane fly over head, and he goes "That's a Grumman", and sure as poop there was a Wildcat flying by. Very cool!!!

 

~Stingray

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I love the sound of Merlins in the morning.

Flyby, nothing sounds like a Merlin!

Sounds like the way to start a day off right

 

My best aero sound experience came at an air show ...Westhover Mass IIRC

There were a multiple of jets, Thunderbirds, etc, then they brought the vintage A/C out

They announced that they'd have a flight of 5 P-51's who would simultate an airfield strafing attack

Hmm not just the slow flyby today eh?

The Mustag's grouped well beyong the end of the strip and dove down at a 30o angle

I'm sure it wasn't full throttle but those Merlins were singing

At the mid point of the field they broke into a 90o turn to Port and exited in a 10o climb

The Merlins were lovely but the sound their ailerons/airframes made in the tight turn grabbed you by the gut

It was a loud shrieking sound, best way I can describe it is "They were ripping a hole in the air" 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 times ...YOUZER!

 

That's also where I also learned how to ground attack in OFF

The annoncer said the 90o turn and transition from dive to climb was make the gunners completely recalibtate their aiming

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Just had a Hawker Hurricane fly overhead.

 

I love the sound of Merlins in the morning.

 

Must have slipped through a wormhole - we shouldn't see Hurricanes in OFF! grin.gif

 

But I know what you mean. I stood on a chalk hill west of London with a friend, when we heard that distinct drone

growing louder. It was obvious, that there was an oldtimer underway.

And really: a Spitfire came closer. It passed our position so close, that we could wave to the pilot, and he

waved back. We were impressed by the sound and vision.

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I was flying IL2 one day a few summers ago when I heard the distinct sound of radials. I got up and went on my porch and a B-25 flew over!! More coming though, so I stayed, and a B-17 and a B-24 both flew over. Turns out that they were at our local airport in Astoria, OR landing for a weekend of pay rides and tours. I just happened to be lucky enough to live along the approach for landing!!

 

Another time I was getting laundry out of my truck and I heard that lovely sound of the Merlin also and looked up. There I spied a Mustang zipping over head! Very cool. Lastly, when I was in HS, my boss at the marina where I worked, well him and his twin brother had flown F4F's in WWII as coastal patrol types over the Atlantic. We were sittin in the shop one day and heard a plane fly over head, and he goes "That's a Grumman", and sure as poop there was a Wildcat flying by. Very cool!!!

 

~Stingray

 

Hay, Stingray, Used to live in Astoria in an old house on Grand Ave that I remodeled; wonderful river views. We were there when they were filming Kindagarden Cop and were extras but never made it into the final film footage. After 5 years of the rain we finally left though.. Small world!

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I was lucky enough to go to the last ever Kenley Aerodrome memorial show,way back in 1979... and enjoyed performances by Spitfire, Hurricane...and the highlight of the show was a dogfight between a replica Sopwith Camel and DR1....fantastic

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Kenley airfield - I've been there!

But in the 80s - there were still the aircraft shelter pits, and the half round taxying way, but apart from that, nothing.

Wonder how it looks today.

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Haven't been there for many years...I lived in Caterham, just a few miles away.

As kids we played in the control tower...with no idea of it's significance

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You guys were lucky - I live close enough to see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flights hanger - most Summer weekends and many weekday evenings I have to put up with them flying low and slow over my home as they line up on finals into RAF Coningsby. Don't even mention the Dakota.

 

It's a rough life here but then someone has to do it :grin:

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