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hoadie,

I have hear them as well and the sound of a Merlin is very cool.

One of the many great sounds in this world.
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My Army days had me tasked to use my Tech Support SQN, to move Centurion tanks onto the live firing ranges at Singleton. The interesting thing about these tanks, was though they were not mobile due to track and suspension problems, the Engines were recently installed, one had never turned over.
 Now as these engines are Meteors, which is the detuned Merlin, I had a bit of a chat to the boss and after a couple of calls to a mate that owned his own Warbirds Museum, the promise of a donation to Range Control composite mess funds and a couple of cartons, I got the job of lifting the engines and the donkeys as a training exercise.

 Now as you can imagine, this blew out into a he!! of a job, the time requirement was tight due to a live firing exercise slotted in the next 30 hrs. Now the good book tells us that this job takes so many hours/days.......bugger, fast forward, we had them out in a fraction of the time, but the bloody armourers wanted the new barrel and breechblock to,I managed to scrape them out of there just as the crap started to whiz around.

 Back to the point of the story, my mate Col. Pay had a Spitty amongst his collection, so the bottom ends were good for spares, he had also just slotted a merlin into his mustang, more oomph he reckoned, but the best part about it all, it wasn't too long before one of his crop dusters started to make some very interesting sounds, it looked like that old airframe became a test bed for just about everything, it eventually ended up as a water bomber, it had that much power, and he was running the standard  low compression meteor heads.

 Col's dead now, went the way good pilots go, quick. His son keeps the planes flying, they tear up the sky over the town, you can pick them all just from the sound, just need to remember it may not be a warbird, but still the same merlin sound. Beer To absent comrades.  
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To absent comrades. 
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Detuned Merlins of several types are in use for all sorts of high powered piston engine applications. I've seen a couple of them in racing boats as well.
Mostly it was non-supercharged & compression was lowered so you didn't need avgas 115/130 to run 'em on. God help a mechanic who dropped something in the Vee, the ignition HT wiring, top end oil feeds & fuel injection piping in there was a complete rats nest. Smart Merlin tech's had a belt made of string with every tool attached to it by a short length of string only a couple of inchec longer than the arm. If you did drop something you could just fish it back out again.
There used to be a guy in the U.K. who had one in a panel van! It took up most of the internal cargo space & he used it for demos as a warm up at race tracks. I once asked him how fast is was & he said he didn't know because after 110 MPH the aerodynaics of a Ford Transit induced uncontrollable rear end wobble!
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The Lanc here flies over fairly often(not often enuf for me!) They frequently fly the falls(that would be Niagara).You can hear her coming & going.
Number years back I could here the Merlins coming-but couldn't place 'em.Turns out they were coming back from the Genesseo Bomber fly in, in NYS. She was coming by LOW & slow from the falls & over the city.When she appeared over the trees into view she had the Hurricane & Spit with her.The echoing from all those engines had quite an effect-to say the least
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hoadie,

I think it was really the "Mother ship" look for you to take you home.
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Well, THAT mothership I would LOVE to ride in! Evry year there is raffle tix sold for a flight in her.Others sold for the Mitchel & Harvard(T-6 for you 'Mercan types)
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The old Harvard tears up the sky here quite often, very similar design to our Wirraway.
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Fortunatley-we have quite a few Harvards(with a few Yales mixed in) round here.They make quite a racket when they fly together.(Somethin bout those big engines & wood props give 'em a distinctive GROWL)
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 We cop Oscars, Kittys, Hurricanes, you name it we just need to identify it, not easy with all the light air traffic and the rich kids and their jets and choppers.
 But you never forget the beat of a big radial or a V12 or the harmonising sounds of twins and fours. 
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hoadie,

How much for a ticket?

I love hearing the sound of the big blocks and the beat of the propellers.

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Harvards/Texans/SNJs have a very distinctive noise because the prop tips cause transonic compressability (mini sonic booms) at high revs.
Theres a team comprised of collectors that fly lots of different versions do airshows round here. Noisy as all get out when they do a group takeoff with all the props at max revs & in fine pitch!
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Sounds good to me.
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Interesting how we lost interest in the guns and got to engines.
 We started at the tail and now we're at the prop, might need to talk about wingtips to have the subject fully covered.Clap
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Oh man! NOW what did I do? Geez..seems I bin steppin in it all week round here.
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