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Most distinctive and charismatic engine sound?

Old 19th Feb 2021, 14:35
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Thanks for that - I think I was Number Two or Three in that lot.

Up at Lossie we used to say the best sound in the world was the sound of a Shack getting airborne. As it meant you weren't on board.
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 15:04
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As far as distinctive sound goes, it would be hard to go past the Bristol Hercules (or Centaurus) clackety sleeve valve radials:





Or perhaps the mournful flyby whine of the Armstrong Siddeley ASMD.1 Double Mambas in the Fairey Gannet (cut to 2:30):

Oh I see Treadigraph has already done this machine above...



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Old 20th Feb 2021, 02:35
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A Canadian ARGUS at METO power with the props out of sync will get your attention. It could be heard 20 miles away.
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 18:05
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As a teenager at RAF Finningley in the late 1950s (I think) Battle of Britain Days. Four Olympus when two Vulcans took off in quick succession and on lifting from the runway went up almost vertically. The roar and esp the vibration shook the ground for miles around, and so violently that grandads teeth fell out.
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Old 22nd Feb 2021, 20:31
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Originally Posted by bri21 View Post
As a teenager at RAF Finningley in the late 1950s (I think) Battle of Britain Days. Four Olympus when two Vulcans took off in quick succession and on lifting from the runway went up almost vertically. The roar and esp the vibration shook the ground for miles around, and so violently that grandads teeth fell out.
When the Vulcan's displayed in the Seventies, the commentator always said something like "flying today well within capabilities to protect the engines and airframe". Went on family holiday to Angelsey so was on the beach near Valley when one overshot and departed in the way described above - quite a difference!
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 03:55
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About the Dart: It gives you sympathy for your poor dog's loathing of the vacuum cleaner.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 07:52
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About 30 years ago I used to work as a line engineer at a very busy night-time freight hub and most of the aircraft coming and going on the apron were HS748s and Handley Page Heralds. Plenty of whistling and growling going on; I'm surprised my hearing is still normal after that Dart battering..
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 08:37
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Originally Posted by stevef View Post
About 30 years ago I used to work as a line engineer at a very busy night-time freight hub and most of the aircraft coming and going on the apron were HS748s and Handley Page Heralds. Plenty of whistling and growling going on; I'm surprised my hearing is still normal after that Dart battering..
EMA perhaps?
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 08:49
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
EMA perhaps?
Close - Coventry! We occasionally went to EMA for daily checks or defects.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 15:09
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I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing the Dart and a few others mentioned, but the Merlin is a joy. In my area, there used to be a Connie that flew regularly, and was unmistakable. There is a pair of Avanti based locally that sound like nothing else, but I suspect the props are what are making the unique racket. The T-6 was mentioned, but again, the supersonic prop tips. They truly grate on my ears, and I duck for cover when they are flying. The Old Shakey my dad flew, 4 x 4360s. Agreed on the MU-2, but I’ve never heard overflight, only on the ground. How about the shrill T-37? No props disguising that cacophony. The heli world has some very characteristic sounds, but those are rotor noises: the iconic Huey, the no-doubt Chinook, and the Bell 47, often used as the soundtrack for ANY helicopter on the wretched television.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 18:50
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Originally Posted by stevef View Post
Close - Coventry! We occasionally went to EMA for daily checks or defects.
I used to come into Coventry occationaly with a Channex Electra. Always thought the ramp was very tight especially with the Vanguard there.
Mostly happy days (nights), but I remember the night the BAF Viscount crashed near Uttoxeter.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 19:19
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
I used to come into Coventry occationaly with a Channex Electra. Always thought the ramp was very tight especially with the Vanguard there.
Mostly happy days (nights), but I remember the night the BAF Viscount crashed near Uttoxeter.
A bit after my time, Dixi; I was there in '92 and as far as I can remember (about five minutes these days) there weren't any Vanguards/Merchantmen. I did work on them for Air Bridge for a short time in '87, just when the Argosies were on the way out. One benefit of our regular Coventry-Ostende-Coventry Herald evening route was picking up a couple of cases of Stella whenever our stocks were low. After intensive testing, we found that the Dart whine had no adverse effect on the constituents.
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Old 25th Feb 2021, 20:48
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Sme nice sounds on here

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Old 25th Feb 2021, 21:23
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Ah, G-ATIG... I recall (I think!) there were always pressurisation problems with it. The other sub-leased Herald was G-BEYK. They both live on as beer cans now.
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Old 28th Feb 2021, 19:36
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Originally Posted by Friendship 7 View Post
What about the XF-84H ‘Thunderscreech’?
It may not be considered a charismatic engine sound however it was certainly loud.
Apparently ground crew became sick from the sound waves created during ground runs. It could be heard from 40km away.

No question about that one. Supposedly it would make ground crew nauseous when working around the aircraft.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republ...Thunderscreech
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Old 1st Mar 2021, 19:22
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Originally Posted by mccdatabase View Post
Avro Shackleton
Its too new to be charismatic but the 'musical' A400 one of which by coincidence has just flown over , is certainly distinctive
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Old 2nd Mar 2021, 15:49
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I don't about charismatic, but talking loud the Fairey Rotodyne was reportedly excruciating.
They were working on reducing the noise, with some success but whether it was likely to be enough I don't know.
As so often in the 50s and 60s, national airlines and various ministries meant development was stopped.
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