What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

I was up in Abilene this weekend, and when I wasn’t taking pictures of the local derelict 1962 Beetle I was out at Dyess AFB doing some plane spotting. It was pretty slow until this brace of Bones flew by, one from Dyess and one from Kirtland AFB, wings back and hauling ass. I had never seen them do this on return to base before. After another flyby with wings out, they broke off for the downwind leg and came around for a landing.

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Earlier, this Bone had been doing some touch-and-go landings. Note the asymmetrical engine nozzles. The right engines are in afterburner, the left are not. I wonder if he was practicing engine-out landings.

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I also caught this Beech 300 belonging to the FAA. The underside of the wings were painted orange with the words FLIGHT CHECK in big letters. He was flying around all day. No idea what he was up to.

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