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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by tbirdsp, May 13, 2015.
Featuring the Rolls Royce Merlin V-12
Awesome ... I'd give a body part to fly a P-51 ... best prop fighter ever conceived.
That is truely music. And +1 to RustyAxe.
When I was about 14 I was a Civil Air Patrol cadet and one summer we "camped" for a week at an airfield in Corpus Christi, Texas that had CAP members' planes and one of them had a Mustang. I remember standing about 100' away watching as it revved up to take off. Not only a great and beautiful plane, it did have the most awesome sounding engine I've ever heard.
When I was in the Navy, I was air crew on 3 different planes, but my favorite was the EC-121P, the Lookhead Super Constellation equiped with radar, electronic surveillance, and sub hunting equipment. It had 4 Prat & Whitney 3350 engines. When all the engines were fired up, you couldn't hear anyone inside talk unless you were on a headset. It was like listening to thunder that lasted 12 hours - our usual mission time.
To fly in a P-51 in on my bucket list. The Commemorative Air Force just had a three day event at my local airport where you could fly in your choice of a B-24, B-25, B-29 or P-51. Had to work so I missed it. They do it every year so maybe in 2016.
As good as the Merlin sounds and as powerful as it is , I'm still stuck on the sound of a couple of radials flying side by side.
I saw this EC-121T many years ago. Good to see they are sprucing it up.
Lockheed EC-121T-LO "Warning Star"
There's a little airport in New Jersey ( Greenwood Lake Airport's Homepage ) , 4N1, that has an inoperable Connie attached to the FBO ... the right wing forms the roof of the entry way. Cool little place. It is (was?) used as the clubhouse for a flying club based on the field. Check the pics in the link. Be sure to check out the pics on the History page.
That is an Air Force plane. Here is a link to a Navy Restoration. Work Crew Pic in shade of wing
I flew missions in this plane in the photo from 1963 - 1965. I went to a Willy Victor reunion in about 2003 (IIRC). It was underway at the time. The exterior was well under way, but the interior was just getting started. They were having difficulty finding the parts.
You can pay to be a passenger in on at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, NY.
Great story, cool you flew on these beasts!
Yeah I know it's AF but similar plane and not much water here in the great plains And I am retired USAF, 1985-2005. Maintenance crew chief on RC-135U/V/W recon and EC-135C "Looking Glass" command post birds. I was also flight mechanic on this C-135A (basically a KC-135A tanker with no refueling boom, set up for cargo/passengers). P&W J-57 turbojets with water injection for takeoff.
I have great memories of my flying days. When I said this plane, I meant specifically the plane in the photo - 141311.
I was in VW-13, crew 4, Flying Giants (so named because our plane commander was actually 1/2" taller than the 6'6" max height for a Navy pilot then. He always had to slump down to pass flight physicals.