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(Photo by Don "Bucky" Dawson. Illustration by David Peters.)

Concerto for Merlin and Double Wasp

John Altmann thinks airplane engines make beautiful music, and has sold thousands of CDs to prove it.

Since then, Altmann has captured the sounds of 20 years of air races, and has created audio documentaries on the P-38 Lightning, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Mitsubishi Zero, and Chance-Vought Corsair, and a CD set on World War I aircraft. A new project, on the U.S. Navy's Grumman "Cats" of World War II, is in the works.

(Reprinted from the "Soundings" department of the April/May 2007 issue of Air & Space.)

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