Japanese Zero, P-38 & Hellcat Flight Demonstration- AWESOME!
This is a very interesting video clip of footage that I took in 2005 in the crystal-clear air at the Palm Springs Air Museum (Calif.). This condition is what is appropriately termed "severe clear."
The clip starts with impressive engine startups of the Planes of Fame Museum's (Chino, Calif.) P-38J and Japanese A6M5 Zero and also the PSAM Grumman Hellcat. The POF Zero is the only one flying with the original Sakae ("Prosperity") 14-cylinder engine. A very unique sound due to its 14 separate exhaust stubs. Compare that sound to the 18-cylinder P&W R-2800 of the Hellcat (including a B-E-A-S-T-L-Y back-fire!) and the smooth and refined, turbocharger-muffled sound of the P-38's twin Allison V-1710s.Flybys of all three aircraft follow. GREAT sounds of these three rare aircraft!
Man, it doesn't get more fun than this to us warbird enthusiasts, does it? This is the kind of great warbird stuff that we are routinely treated to in SoCal USA on a two-to-three-times-a-month basis during parts of the year. Steve Hinton is flying the P-38 and John Maloney is flying the Zero.
If you'd like, also check out my other warbird videos. Thanks and enjoy!
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