What sounds better than a Rolls Royce Merlin?

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What sounds better than a Rolls Royce Merlin?

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More than one :P

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tango234 wrote: 19 May 2021, 21:12 More than one :P

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Then you'll want to fly a Lancaster! 4 Merlins welded into perfect formation!

It is an awesome sounding engine (and I speak as someone born across the pond). I once watched a silver Spitfire depart Old Warden into low sun on some long gone summer evening, in the presence of a huge crowd that stood in complete silence. There'd been the usual hubbub of an airshow crowd all day, and suddenly nobody felt like talking. It was quite something to be there.

The Griffon was technically a better engine, but missing a bit of the magic. All birds of prey.

The Merlin sounds nice in the P51 as well, but with different airframe noise

It's nice that ordinary folks can still get the chance to go aloft, and by "ordinary folks" I mean ordinary folks with several grand to dispose of!

https://flyaspitfire.com/book-a-spitfire-flight

Apparently also a Hurricane if you prefer the workhorse.
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In answer to the thread question, I would put forward the Rolls Royce Spey. Then again I would, wouldn't I?
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I'll put in a bid for four T56s, or four Trents!

That Mustang display is unusually tame. He seems to be working to very low G limits and roll rates. Yes, I know it's an old aeroplane, but I watched many more aggressive displays.
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The only thing better than a single Merlin is watching 8 of then in formation in the form of the 2 Lancasters a couple of years ago. I do also rather like the sound of 4 Olympus giving that howl from the back of a Vulcan.
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I got a birthday present:

Flying Legends 2018 Blueray Disk with nearly 2 hours of sound and pictures, everytime my wife is not at home .....
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petebramley wrote: 15 Jun 2021, 18:39 The only thing better than a single Merlin is watching 8 of then in formation in the form of the 2 Lancasters a couple of years ago. I do also rather like the sound of 4 Olympus giving that howl from the back of a Vulcan.

If I remember rightly, if you were in the right place (East Kirby), you could have heard twelve Merlins on three Lancasters...

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Sweet !
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4 × Kuznetsov NK-12MP were pretty impressive up close.

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