Sound of a Merlin

Feeding the nags this morning, squelching our way up the field in the
mud, when the unmistakable sound of a Merlin throbbed its way into our
hearing.
A solitary Spitfire (I am fairly sure it was a Spit) came across from
the east at about 600ft and almost parallel with the old A45. Looks as
though it was going to Sywell or Coventry.
Cheered us up no end!
Peter
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Peter A Forbes
Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK
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I heard it pass over me or another this morning also.
Martin P
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Campingstoveman
lucky buggers, we never see anything like that up this way :-(
Regards, Gary M
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gary millward
Just to rub it in a bit more, I live about four miles from the Shuttleworth Collection so in the summer airshows etc and by road forty minutes for Duxford Imperial War Museum. Its not unusual during a weekend to have several warbirds buzz over my house to and from events including the B o B flight i.e.Lancaster etc :-))
If you will live in the hilly bits where aircraft fear to tread then you would expect it to be quiet :-))
Martin P
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Campingstoveman
On a similar note, did anyone else see the TV prog last week about the development of the fighter 'plane from the Wright flyer to the formation of the RAF? Lots of lovely noises from Gnome rotaries etc!
Can't remember where and when it was on, but I believe it is bombers this week so keep a look out for it.
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Is Sound of a Merlin better than the Smell of a Woman? Probably cheaper in the long run!
A while ago, I was near the Rolls-Royce engine factory & was rewarded for sitting motionless on the M5 by seeing the company Spit doing touch-and-goes.
Regards,
Kim Siddorn. Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Electronic engineers build radar, Civil Engineers build targets.
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Kim Siddorn
I live in hilly bits but that doesn't stop the planes. The really low and close ones you don't hear coming... The helos tend to be below us in the valley, presumably hiding from the fast jets and Tucano trainers but 6 (six) Chinnocks did pass by us at about 100' and 200yds down the road. Boy did that make the windows rattle! thud thud thud thud thud thud thud thud thud...
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Dave Liquorice
There is a routeing used by the military that uses the RAF Chelveston microwave communications tower as a way point, mainly for low-flying Hercules and Chinooks. That runs slightly more north/south than the Spit was flying, but we get those as well....
RAF Chelveston is directly behind our field. If you go to Google Earth, put in the postcode NN9 6AJ, that will bring up the village of Chelveston. Zoom out and follow the main road (B645) west and after a mile you'll see the two small fields on the south of the road. Zoom in and you'll see the hosses :-))
Directly south is the airfield, ammo sheds and storage is closest, the old WWII nissen huts are visible in the trees.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk
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Prepair Ltd
I'm right under the approach to Filton. I can tell Spitfires from Mustangs 8-)
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Andy Dingley
Different engines, the word Packard goes in front of a Mustang :-))
Unless its the underpowered Allison engined early version the RAF bought but I dont think there are any Razorbacks in the UK.
Martin P
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Campingstoveman
I cant help it if the military are daft enough to rely on a upturned saucer attached to a telly :-)) The stuff that Peter Forbes, we live about 25 mins apart, and I see regularly is to expensive and irreplaceable to go playing in the hills :-))
Martin P
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Campingstoveman
Peter, The one plane I have not heard or seen for a while is the Air Atlantique DC6 on the mail run from Coventry to Europe. Four Radials at altitude is a very nice sound.
Martin P
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Campingstoveman
must have moved its flight path as it used to b directly overhead here.
martin p
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Campingstoveman
We used to get the DC3 out of Luton, but we still hear the mail/newspaper plane quite regularly, whichever one it is.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk
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I think that the Spitfire that Rolls-Royce fly from Filton is a Griffon engined PR version, which is why it sounds different.
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Matthew Sylvester
There was a big piston engine plane, presumably a mail plane, which I would hear on many evenings flying in or out of Liverpool, but I haven't been aware of it for some months now. I never actually saw it.
Cheers Tim Dutton Dry-Dock Traditional & Modern canal craft repairs Vintage diesel engine service
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Tim Leech
Got to say, throbbed is not an expression I can associate with a Merlin, radials throb, though..
Tom
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Tom
Shifting tack slightly. Last July on the way (M5 N) to Burford (excellent rally BTW) in July I stopped at Michaelwood services. In the park were two large flatbeds carrying the tail and fuselage of a V bomber. Victor or Valiant I think. Where did they end up?? I can recall Farnborough (1966 I think) when the all silver Mosquito dived and then creamed along the runway line at about 60ft. Spine-tingling even after 40 years. ttfn Roland
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On Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:32:21 -0000, "Kim Siddorn" picked up their glass of w>Is Sound of a Merlin better than the Smell of a Woman? Probably cheaper in
Which Rolls-Royce factory by the M5? As far as I knew, the Spit lived at Nottingham East Midlands Airport..............
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