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Letter: Engines and memories


Monday, December 03, 2018

Col. Jay B. Welsh’s Nov. 14 letter about the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine brought me memories of hearing that engine.

For abut 2½ years, I was at a small reserve training base 15 miles west of Dallas. At that time the Texas Air National Guard was flying the F-51, and I got to watch and listen to them. They often took off in pairs, and when they fire-walled the throttle and the engines came to life, what a scream until the setting on the propellers was changed and then just a deep roar as they went down the runway and lifted off to go practice the art of dog-fighting.

Sometimes when they returned, a hot pilot would do a barrel roll, pretending to be shot down.

The Navy also trained at Hensley Field, and it was fun to watch them pretend to do carrier landings and take-offs, but they never had a sound to match the 51s.

As you may have guessed, I am a veteran of the forgotten war, Korea.

WALTER W. WALKER

Wilmot