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7th Sep 2013, 17:15
"Gosh, what a powerful sounding noise" said Mrs. RedhillPhill as she was pottering around dans le jardin. I looked up to see a Spitfire travelling east-west passing over Redhill at 18.10.

Noah Zark.
7th Sep 2013, 17:41
If I may say, what a very discerning lady Mrs. Redhillphil appears to be! I should hang on to her, mate! :ok:

7th Sep 2013, 17:54
Bit like this, was it? The fabulous growly, rasping, ripping-calico sound of a powerful Rolls-Royce V12 Griffon, accompanied in this clip by a growly, rasping German commentary at an airshow ... ;)

Rather apt really, the air over southern England was once subjected to both sounds, with the German voices saying "Achtung, Schpitfeuer!"

But of course, "Ve are all freunds now, ja?"


7th Sep 2013, 18:00
Must have been a few Spits in the air today, one flew over my house in N. Herts
just after lunch. Heard it coming....lovely sound! I was in the garden having a beer and raised my glass. :ok:

7th Sep 2013, 18:02
Griffon Spit flew over Purley twice today; presumably the same one... Not nearly close enough to my gaff though!

7th Sep 2013, 18:07
That's because the pilot didn't know you were a Purley King ;)

There aren't too many mechanical sounds that can bring a warm feeling as lightly as a Spitfire flying by :ok:


7th Sep 2013, 18:48
Although a Lancaster or a Mosquito is pretty good, too.

7th Sep 2013, 19:53
..and just to make sure exactly one hour later it (another one?) went over the same way. I didn't see that one, it was lower and really shifting a it went over. Even Harry the Springer looked up at that one.

7th Sep 2013, 19:56
One had the great privilege years ago of living south of Chichester, at the time when Carolyn Grace was working up for her display ticket. She used to practice in ML407 right over the top of our house, pretty much for a whole summer, whenever the weather was OK.

By coincidence, an acquaintance was the engineer at Goodwood who looked after the Grace Spitfire, and I once asked him (whilst standing next to ML407 in the hangar) if there was any chance of me blagging a ride. IIRC he said something about a two year waiting list and that half an hour would cost me 1100. I wished I'd had a spare 1100 and had said "put my name down on the list".

8th Sep 2013, 06:35
All heading for Duxford I suppose, as the Blacksheep family will be today.

There'll be a whole lot of Spitfires in the air together - and The Red Sparrers are on today as well. "Wow!" as our then two-year old grand-daughter said last year.

Lon More
8th Sep 2013, 06:41
Sunshine and showers forecast for Duxford today. Don't forget your sun cream and brollies

Lon More
8th Sep 2013, 07:36
slightly different noise, we're getting the Breitling Connie next weekend at Sanicole (http://www.sanicole.com/index.php/en/) plus a P-38 and a Seafire and a shedload more.

Iconic Super Connie headliner at Sanicole (http://www.sanicole.com/index.php/en/artikel-en-volledig/199)

8th Sep 2013, 08:11
I gather the Spit I saw was one the BBMF PRXIXs going in to Biggin Hill.

and a Seafire

Ah, excellent, it's flying again after its gear up landing? Hadn't heard anything, sure hope it is. Love to see the Connie and the P-38 again...

Enjoy your shows, hope it stays lovely and sunny.

8th Sep 2013, 08:12
So you can imagine my annoyance when the Bournemouth Air Show tried to drown the Merlin sound with stupid music.

8th Sep 2013, 08:27
drown the Merlin sound with stupid music.
Hopefully it was a one sided contest..what philistines!

8th Sep 2013, 08:29
I went to an air show once and the inane and pointless commentary was so loud it almost drowned out the sound of the aircraft, and when the commentator wasn't yacking they played loud 'music' through the speakers. Most annoying, the sound of the aircraft is an integral part of the enjoyment of an air show.

Lon More
8th Sep 2013, 10:03
diving down to Lydd a couple of years ago and heard a beautiful noise, Jumped out the car and saw a Spit northbound at about 500 feet, I was waving like crazy and got a wing waggle and loop. in return. Thanks to whoever it was; mad my day.

8th Sep 2013, 10:48
I think that those incredibly lucky folk who fly Spitfires are generally good-hearted sorts, who are fully aware that wherever they go, heads are immediately raised and eager ears are pricked up, by us mere groundlings!

On holiday some years ago with my family, we were on the beautiful beach of Belvoir Bay in Herm (Guernsey's perfect little companion island), on the early September day of the annual Battle of Britain airshow. A lone Spitfire had arrived a little early from the mainland, and stooged around Herm at very low level to await its scheduled display time over Guernsey. Of course, all eyes were on it immediately, and kids and adults alike were waving like mad, so the friendly pilot rocked his wings to acknowledge us, and even waved back energetically. Even the Red Arrows in their Folland Gnats, who were visible from Herm during the high level parts of their later superb display, didn't get quite the excited response that the Spitfire had received! There really is something extra-special about R.J. Mitchell's inspired creation.

8th Sep 2013, 11:10

Travelling East to West it said so perhaps Duxford has moved position:D

I was at White Waltham Members day yesterday afternoon and at 3pm roughly the Spitfire came over for a short display before heading off westwards.

8th Sep 2013, 12:01
thegypsy, your username reminded me of another lovely noise:

The Gypsy Major.

A regular weekend flyer (who posts regularly on the Oz forums) flies his Tiger Moth along the bay. Puts a smile on my face when I hear him coming. :)

8th Sep 2013, 13:33
No noise I'm afraid, but not something one sees every day.


8th Sep 2013, 13:56
What a beautiful photo. Dad flew in both types, sadly gone to heaven now.

8th Sep 2013, 15:09
This thread has made me think. A section of a flying display for the blind could be arranged.

Naturally it would start with Vulcan 558 taking off on full chat, returning to overfly and produce its distinctive howl. Then of course there would be a Spitfire to produce the Merlin sound, followed by a Hunter with its 'blue note'. For the rotary fans there'd have to be a Huey (preferably without Ride of the Valkyries accompaniment), followed of course by a Chinook. Any other suggestions?

Im sure this would give a lot of pleasure to sighted spectators as well.

8th Sep 2013, 15:13
TTN, if only Concorde was still around that would be a definite to add to your list.

8th Sep 2013, 15:31
DC-6, 7 or Connie, particularly at take off - wonderful noise - my ears are still ringing from being underneath G-APSA when she took off from Biggin a few years ago.

A Griffon Spitfire too - that aggressive ripping snarl...

And a Mustang, that ghostly howl they make occasionally...

8th Sep 2013, 15:50
The Lightning gets my vote for audible pain. I was working out at Cape Gata for a short time when Lightnings were based at Akrotiri (early 70's) the noise as they did a full reheat vertical climb straight over our heads, with just two purple cones of light showing in the sky was indescribable. Totally different sound to the thunderous roar of the Vulcans going off.

8th Sep 2013, 16:23
Any other suggestions?

Yes, Tankertrashnav, how about adding that spooky whistle from the guns of a diving Mustang, and the rasping rattle from the prop tips of the Stearman biplane or a Harvard, as they almost go supersonic?

And if flesh and blood (and eardrums!) can stand it, maybe the thunderous roar of a Typhoon or F-16 on reheat ... :eek:

8th Sep 2013, 16:27
I wonder if the CAA would allow someone to hover a tethered Sea Harrier. Just so that we could enjoy the sound of the engine winding down on landing.

8th Sep 2013, 20:23
Fabulous to see six Spitfires in the air together at Duxford today!

8th Sep 2013, 21:52
have a T-28 on either side, a cacophany of Vultees and Harvards within the row, and a lovely F4-U which flies a lot more than I do right down the way. A tri-motor is routinely hangared just behind me and both a B-17 and a B-29 have made a few visits this summer.

With my scant contributions comprising Cessna twins from the 60's through the 80's, I'm a bloody piker...

9th Sep 2013, 03:42
I saw one (on the telly) during the presentations at the Burghley horse trial on Sunday.

A great flypast in honour of all the Kiwi winners there!


9th Sep 2013, 06:35
BBMF Lancaster with Spitfire and Hurricane escort, another Hurricane, a Buchon, and six Spitfires on display. The six-Spitfire display produced the most wonderful sounds - not to mention the sight of them all weaving about the sky in an aerial ballet. :D

9th Sep 2013, 08:06
TTN Any other suggestions?

A Shackleton, on final, such an evocative sound.
I can hear it now, winding it's way down the glideslope at BK in the early 60's, aah.
Regards, Den.

9th Sep 2013, 10:21
A Shackleton, on final, such an evocative sound.

Very much evocative of a misspent youth on the Cape Peninsular. This baby is still airworthy...

SAAF Museum Avro Shackleton MR.3 - Engine Run Ysterplaat, Cape Town - YouTube

Sadly another then flying SAAF Shackleton ditched in the Sahara en route to an airshow in the UK in 1994... :(

SAAF Avro Shackleton 1716 "Pelican 16" (http://wikimapia.org/25472757/SAAF-Avro-Shackleton-1716-Pelican-16)


Lightning Mate
9th Sep 2013, 10:36
The Lightning gets my vote for audible pain.

Quiet inside though. :)

1st Jan 2014, 10:27
lovely choice of the evocative phrase Treadie . . . 'aggressive ripping snarl' . . 'ghostly howl'

BTW chasps everyone should know by now it is Gipsy not Gypsy (lost a bet once on that one)

It's Not Working
1st Jan 2014, 13:38
Any other suggestions?

Buccaneer in an overhead low level turn with the bomb bay open. Strangest noise arrives a couple of seconds after the Bucc disappeared. Saw it and heard it many times at Laarbruch; unforgettable!

Never did ask what or why at the time, anybody?

3rd Jan 2014, 21:50
The sound of the Vulcan at the Paris Air Show, June 1965. Brilliantly dramatic, awe-inspiring and skilful flying, one of the best displays by a single aircraft that I've ever seen.
All this was accompanied by loud cheering from the (obviously) majoritively French crowd, which they then rounded off with enthusiastic applause as the Vulcan landed. Must admit, I did puff up a bit! I still remember it well, almost 50 years (jeeze!) later.

4th Jan 2014, 01:23
all of the above - definitely not any of the RB199 compressor shriek though - it was bad enough on the F3, which was a real areoplane not one of those stunted nosed mud plugging things

how about some J79 toom action, or the Blackbird? or eight J57's in loose-ish formation on a BUFF.

and if we are getting all wistful then I'd like a VXR8 Bathhurst in there too...

Pinky the pilot
4th Jan 2014, 02:40
I'd like a VXR8 Bathhurst in there too...

Prefer a GTHO Phase 3 m'self.:ok: