B-57 Canberra Sounds
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The cartridge starting system of the B-57 allowed it to operate with
little ground support. The flight crew could install the cartridge
affording a self-sufficient, quick reflex, world-wide capability.
During taxi, the long tubes of the engine
caused a distinc- tive "wow-wow" sound with the throttles below
55%. The sounds heard on this recording were used as part of a test
and were not considered good practice. Crews also used the
sound to "show-off." It worked.
The start engine sound was recorded by
Mark Witt at Otis AFB, in 1972; the taxi and takeoff sounds were
recorded by the Air Force at Eglin AFB April 1959 (courtesy of Michael
Harmon). Click either photo. You are cleared for takeoff.
The black B-57 start photo is by John Harris. Other photo- graphs were taken by an Air Force Organizational Readiness (ORI) team at Otis AFB and were provided by John Harris, 4713 DSES Commander.
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