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J_Weaver
06-05-2006, 03:51 PM
I live in an apartment about 1/2 mile away from aur local airport Heart Field. I'm always keeping my ears open for the sound of an old warbird but I've never heard a thing, that is until today. Around noon today I was getting ready to go to the grocery store when I heard the unmistakable sound of a very large piston engine. I ran to my back deck to see what it was, but the sound was comming from the other side of the building. By the time I finally saw the brid it was pretty far out, too far for me to be able to tell what it was. All I could tell was that it was a large twin. I assumed that it must have been a DC-3/C-47, as its not "too" uncommon to see one cruising over. But something bugged me about it, from what I could make out it just didn't look like a C-47. But alas, I had to go on about my day.

Less than an hour ago, I heard it again! This time I grabed my binoculars and ran out my front door. (I'm sure my neighbors think I've lost it!)Buy the time I spotted him he had the gear up and was begining to turn. But as he turned the rudder wasn't the familiar shape of a C-47. It looked like an A-26!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif But again I wasn't able to get a psoitive I.D. on it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

The sound was absolutely amazing. Prop-jets are pretty common, but this wasn't the steady whistle that they make. It was the sound of raw power, only make by the engines of yesteryear. It that bird was what I think it was, I heard the sound of two R-2800's running flat out! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

J_Weaver
06-05-2006, 03:51 PM
I live in an apartment about 1/2 mile away from aur local airport Heart Field. I'm always keeping my ears open for the sound of an old warbird but I've never heard a thing, that is until today. Around noon today I was getting ready to go to the grocery store when I heard the unmistakable sound of a very large piston engine. I ran to my back deck to see what it was, but the sound was comming from the other side of the building. By the time I finally saw the brid it was pretty far out, too far for me to be able to tell what it was. All I could tell was that it was a large twin. I assumed that it must have been a DC-3/C-47, as its not "too" uncommon to see one cruising over. But something bugged me about it, from what I could make out it just didn't look like a C-47. But alas, I had to go on about my day.

Less than an hour ago, I heard it again! This time I grabed my binoculars and ran out my front door. (I'm sure my neighbors think I've lost it!)Buy the time I spotted him he had the gear up and was begining to turn. But as he turned the rudder wasn't the familiar shape of a C-47. It looked like an A-26!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif But again I wasn't able to get a psoitive I.D. on it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

The sound was absolutely amazing. Prop-jets are pretty common, but this wasn't the steady whistle that they make. It was the sound of raw power, only make by the engines of yesteryear. It that bird was what I think it was, I heard the sound of two R-2800's running flat out! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

MLudner
06-05-2006, 06:37 PM
You live in Atlanta. I have flown in and out of Hartsfield several times.

I always feel lucky when I see an old warbird flying around.

J_Weaver
06-05-2006, 09:04 PM
No, this Heart Field is in Morgantown, WV.

I swear, it still buggs me that I couldn't tell for sure exactly what it was. But man, there is just something about the sound of those big engines. Especially running wide open on take off.

Several years ago I got to go through a B-17G. That was quite an experience! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif