Tag Archives: radial

Spartan Executive, Little Gransden August 2009

2 sound recordings of Spartan Executive aircraft, considered the Lear Jet of the 1930s, popular with US Oil Corporations and owned by the very wealthy. First recording is of 2 Executives taking off. Second recording of 2 aircraft in a display. The two aircraft are discernible by the note of the engine/propeller, obviously a radial. […]

Ryan PT-22 Recruit, 2nd August 2009

Another recording of the pair of PT-22 Recruits based at Old Warden. I was contact by a guy from the US who actually flies one of these in his spare time asking for me to send him some recordings, which of course I have. The PT-22 Recruit was the first trainer aircraft to be used […]

North American Harvard Trainers

Sound of a pair of Harvard trainers chasing around Old Warden. Harvards have a very particular sound as like a Stearman there is no gearing between the engine and propeller which consequently moves very fast, with the propeller tips breaking the speed of sound as they turn.

Douglas Skyraider, Old Warden 5th July 2009

The roar of a Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider (G-RAID) over Old Warden last weekend. Powered by a Wright Cyclone 3350-26WA radial engine. The aircraft is a true combat veteran and is operated by Kennet Aviation based at North Weald.

Focke-Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz Old Warden

Sound recording of the Focke-Wulf Fw 44 based at Old Warden. The Stieglitz (“Goldfinch”) is German inter-war bi-plane trainer comparable with the de Havilland Tiger Moth or Boeing Stearman. Powered by a single Siemens Sh 14 A-4 7-cylinder radial engine producing 118 kW at 2,100 rpm (160 hp). Recording made on 3rd May 2009. The […]

Gloster Gladiator

Another recent recording of the Gloster Gladiator based at Old Warden. Recorded on 3rd May 2009. powered by a single Bristol Mercury IX radial engine From Wikipedia – “The Gloster Gladiator (or Gloster SS.37) was a British-built biplane fighter, used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy (as the Sea Gladiator variant) […]

Consolidated PBY Catalina

This is the sound of a PBY5A Catalina (G-PBYA) operated by the Plane Sailing group, based at Duxford, UK. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial engines, developing 1200 hp (895 kW each) each. A windy day and overcast day at Old Warden. My usual micing arrangement was supplemented using some natural […]

Gloster Gladiator engine run down

Standing in front of a massive radial engine as it revs up to shut down is quite a noise. This is a snippet of what it sounds like. The recording and the image are of the same aircraft. This aircraft is powered by a single 840 hp (627 kW) Bristol Mercury IX air-cooled radial piston […]

Grumman F4F Wildcat

The Wildcat has a very distinctive engine noise. This aircraft was displaying as part of a group of Sea Hurricane, Corsair, and a Sea Hawk. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 “Twin Wasp” radial engine.  

Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Chance Vought F4U Corsair powered by a single Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W radial engine, 2,450 hp (1,827 kW). The audio and the aircraft in the image are of the same aircraft but not taken at the same airshow.