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Posted: 10/24/2013 7:50:24 AM EST
I work from home. I was sitting at my desk when I heard radial engines.

Once you have heard those huge radials running, you can't forget the sound.

The windows are open because the weather is so nice. Then I hear those engines and head out the door. Directly overhead was a B-24.

Don't know if it is Diamond Lil of the CAF or the -24 from the Collins Foundation.

FYI, the CAF is seriously considering moving from middle of nowhere Midland, TX, to the Dallas area.

I still have chills.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:52:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2013 8:07:18 AM EST by Squatch]
My Grandfather flew those. He died in 1941 as the co-pilot of a B24 flying out of Prestwick, Scotland.

Seems the PIC wanted to show off for his wife, chose a down-wind takeoff, and hit a railroad embankment at the end of the runway.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:52:33 AM EST
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Wonderful sound.






I got to Interview a man that survived over 30 missions and a bailout of B-24's
Awesome men came from that generation.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:52:47 AM EST
I had one of those B24s fly over me while I was out fishing. What a sound!
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:56:17 AM EST
I saw Diamond Lil at Alliance last weekend. If I remember, I'll come back and post a pic this evening.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:56:23 AM EST
According to websites, it isn't likely at all that it is the Collin's -24. However, Lil was in Fort Worth last weekend and will be in Houston next weekend. I suspect that was her.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:57:43 AM EST
I get the same feeling - I am in my early 40's, no military experience or family ties to WW2 aviation...but the sound of old war birds flying over (air shows - heritage flights) will sometimes nearly bring me to tears (of joy?), and put a huge lump in my throat.



No idea why I have such a reaction to the sound of them...

Link Posted: 10/24/2013 7:58:14 AM EST
Something big and radial engined flew by my house a couple evenings ago, but I couldn't figure out what it was.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:02:50 AM EST
I was outside painting trim a couple of weeks ago and was overflown by a B-17, a B-24, and a P-51. They had been in Portland for a few days.

The sound of those radial engines is unmistakeable. I felt like someone in England watching a flight leave to pound the Germans... it was surreal, and beautiful to witness.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:05:11 AM EST
Few things sound as glorious as a WWII warbird, especially Merlin powered ones. A bomber with 4 radials sounds amazing, but a Merlin engined Mustang on a low pass just sounds like pure sex.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:06:03 AM EST
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She just circled by again, wheel down. She may be landing at the nearby McKinney Regional Airport. She was on display three weeks ago along with B-29 Fifi, B-17 Sentimental Journey IIRC, P-51, P-40, B-25 (actually PBJ Devil Dog), AT-6, etc.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:08:45 AM EST
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Few things sound as glorious as a WWII warbird, especially Merlin powered ones. A bomber with 4 radials sounds amazing, but a Merlin engined Mustang on a low pass just sounds like pure sex.
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As much as I love the sound of a Merlin. The sound I love more so is a WW2 radial under load beating the air into submission, I love the howl of the radial combined with the buzz of the prop.

Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:14:04 AM EST
Unless there's 500 of 'em bombing your town...Night after night...
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:20:09 AM EST
I work from home as well, and have had FiFi fly over multiple times. I run outside every time I hear those radials heading my way.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:22:56 AM EST
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My grandfather was a gunner on the B-24 below. They were shot down over Austria. He bailed out and was captured. Spent some time in a prison camp before escaping during a march to another camp.

Crew and new B-24J Heavy Bomber 1944, Omaha Nebraska


Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:41:35 AM EST
My grandfather was a B29 pilot. I get chills every time I see one at a museam.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:47:43 AM EST
Every year a B17 or two come by the metro and do flights. I'll never forget the first time I saw one coming at me on the horizon. I pulled over my motorcycle as fast as I could to watch. Those old engines are amazing sounding.

Never seen a 24 around here though, just the 17's
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:52:26 AM EST
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Every year a B17 or two come by the metro and do flights. I'll never forget the first time I saw one coming at me on the horizon. I pulled over my motorcycle as fast as I could to watch. Those old engines are amazing sounding.

Never seen a 24 around here though, just the 17's
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For some reason there are more 17's still flying than 24's. I don't think there are more than 2 or 3 24's that are still flyable. Which is kind of odd as there were far more 24's built.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:55:24 AM EST
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttjk1HE_phA

Wonderful sound.






I got to Interview a man that survived over 30 missions and a bailout of B-24's
Awesome men came from that generation.
<a href="http://s25.photobucket.com/user/goodnbuzzd/media/DeloreexitingDiamondLil_zps5f975624.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c83/goodnbuzzd/DeloreexitingDiamondLil_zps5f975624.jpg</a>
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I get to do that everyday! My next door neighbor survived 30 missions over Germany as a waist gunner on a B-24. Still sharp as a tack.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:59:04 AM EST
Gratuitous pics of Witchcraft from last week in Greenville, SC:



















Link Posted: 10/24/2013 9:00:21 AM EST
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I've seen a B-24 and a B-17 in flight at different times.

Each was very impressive and much louder than I would have expected.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 9:05:02 AM EST
i got a ride on the witchcraft once, to say anything other than fucking awesome is an understatement.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 9:10:36 AM EST
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For some reason there are more 17's still flying than 24's. I don't think there are more than 2 or 3 24's that are still flyable. Which is kind of odd as there were far more 24's built.
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Originally Posted By Sierra5:
Every year a B17 or two come by the metro and do flights. I'll never forget the first time I saw one coming at me on the horizon. I pulled over my motorcycle as fast as I could to watch. Those old engines are amazing sounding.

Never seen a 24 around here though, just the 17's



For some reason there are more 17's still flying than 24's. I don't think there are more than 2 or 3 24's that are still flyable. Which is kind of odd as there were far more 24's built.


Yeah I've noticed that too.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 9:19:10 AM EST
"old" Diamond Lil . . .



Pic from the belly down onto runway . . .


On approach . . .
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 9:24:15 AM EST
Come to think of it....I do not think I have ever seen a B-24 in flight or heard one before. Hmmmmm............. going to have to check into that.

Love the sound of WWII era planes. Something about it
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 9:38:31 AM EST
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For some reason there are more 17's still flying than 24's. I don't think there are more than 2 or 3 24's that are still flyable. Which is kind of odd as there were far more 24's built.
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Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
Originally Posted By Sierra5:
Every year a B17 or two come by the metro and do flights. I'll never forget the first time I saw one coming at me on the horizon. I pulled over my motorcycle as fast as I could to watch. Those old engines are amazing sounding.

Never seen a 24 around here though, just the 17's



For some reason there are more 17's still flying than 24's. I don't think there are more than 2 or 3 24's that are still flyable. Which is kind of odd as there were far more 24's built.



I think it's because the B17 was so much more heavily built.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:20:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:26:10 PM EST
Pretty cool

I live near Ellington Field, so I always look forward to air show weekend. I haven't actually been in a while, but always get a good sighting of everything flying around.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:36:49 PM EST
While not a B-24, you guys and gals might like this vid.

The B-29.




Back to the B-24.
Here is my interview with Delore Athmann. He survived 30 plus missions in B-24's including one bail out over north Africa. In our conversiations he mentioned tossing all his radios out the bomb bay before bailing out the plane.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:42:55 PM EST
Great grandfather was a belly gunner who flew missions all over the ETO including the infamous Ploesti Raid. All of those WWII birds are simply beautiful.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:58:20 PM EST
My dad flew 30+ missions. The 8th AAF lost more men than the entire USMC during WWII.
Henry Ford agreed to build these. 6 months after saying yes, the first one flew. Could not happen today, given environmental restrictions, other gubmint nonsense, etc.
The B-24 was superior to the B-17, but the 17 was romanticised more, ala "Memphis Belle".
Saw the B-24 and B-29 a month or so ago in Fayetteville, AR. Awesome.

God bless all of those men, and the folks who keep them flying today.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:00:28 PM EST
Back in the spring, I got out of my car at work. I heard a rumbling and looked up to see a B-17 lumber by...

Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:01:22 PM EST
Great thread
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:56:27 PM EST
I've been in "Witchcraft" and "Nine-O-Nine" numerous times. I'd give my left nut to hear 50-60 of either of these birds in the air in person, not on TV or film.

My first boss flew B-17s out of Africa against Italy and an old fishing partner was a navigator on 17s against the sub pens in France etc.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 6:04:37 PM EST
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The B-24 was superior to the B-17, but the 17 was romanticised more, ala "Memphis Belle".
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The B-17 could soak up more damage, was easier to fly, and could fly higher. The B-24 flew faster, had greater range, and carried a larger payload. Tit for tat, choose which you think is better. Both were great airplanes.

My grandfather flew on a B-26. The Widowmaker. He made it back.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 6:06:48 PM EST
Indeed it is... I prefer the hum of a B-17.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 8:01:50 PM EST
The Collings Foundation's B-17, B-24 and P-51C are at my local airport. I was heading to a football game this evening and saw the B-17 on final approach and pulled over to the side of the road to watch it land. Nothing, and I mean nothing beats the sound of those big radials. God bless the brave men who fought and died in those machines.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 8:26:55 PM EST
Several years ago I was fishing on our little stock pond late on a sunday afternoon. I hear that unmistakeable sound and watch the CAF B-17 fly right over the top of me. About two minutes later the entire Tora, Tora, Tora group flies over like they are chasing the B-17.

It was one of the most surreal things I have ever witnessed.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 2:42:42 AM EST
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I had the pleasure of jumping out of a B-17G.

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