Yesterday the first aircraft to be called Air Force One triumphantly to the air on a cross-country ferry flight to Virginia where its restoration will continue. What we didn’t hear was the incredible sound of this historic Lockheed Constellation’s four 18 cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone engines screaming like banshees as the aircraft took to the air.
Turn up the volume to fully enjoy this mechanical orchestra hard at work:
Here is another angle from earlier on in the historic aircraft’s takeoff run:
And here is Columbine II taxing, amazing how smooth those engines actually sound at low power:
Here is an engine test from many months ago of Columbine II’s antique engines that is far less glamorous:
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