Concerto for Merlin and Double Wasp
John Altmann thinks airplane engines make beautiful music, and has sold thousands of CDs to prove it.
- By Keith Hatschek
- Air & Space magazine, May 2007
Photo by Don "Bucky" Dawson. Illustration by David Peters.
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"All of a sudden, a pack of three P-51s came tearing through the skies flat-out, seemingly just above our heads, doing 400-plus miles per hour. My whole body was vibrating."
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.)