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N73544 (cn 4175) Displaying some nice fire display on our way back to Basle from Zeltweg
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A visitor from United States posted Sat July 27, 2013:
Wonderful memories!In 1966 I was on a Delta DC-7 from Knoxville to Chicago.Had I known it would bee my last flight on a piston engined plane,I would have not gotten so bored and I would have relished every minute of that flight.It is so nice to get to see that the props are still here to stay.I have flown on turbo-props up until 2004,but the sounds of the old planes with the reciprocating engines bring back good memories.

A visitor from - posted Wed January 18, 2012:
You don't often see stack flames like these. It gives a sense of the raw power of these fine old engines. I can recall looking out the window of a DC-6B at twilight and seeing this...wow!

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 24, 2011:
I have to say that when I saw this photo, it reminded me of how, as a kid in the '60s, I wanted them to "outlaw" jet engines (and diesel electric locomotives), for just another ten or twenty years. I realized they had reached the peak of development, more or less, (though not quite the peak of reliability), and I never wanted to see those props go away. There is nothing else on Earth quite like a massive multi-row radial engine or those ultra-complex H-24s, plus of course the V-12s. All that mechanical complexity thrilled me no end. I know, weird. Thank you for the photograph and the memories.

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 3, 2011:
Dad has a 1950s to 60s Civil Air Patrol (I think) book named something like Ground Observer Corps Spotter Guide which has pages showing how to nighttime identify radial engine planes by patterns of exhaust flames.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed September 1, 2010:
That's great

A visitor from - posted Mon July 5, 2010:
Nice shot dude... it's amazing. I've seen flames out of the exhaust starting a C-152 a little diference obviously, I'm in love with this photo, thank you really.

A visitor from - posted Thu May 13, 2010:
Wonderful shot

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 13, 2009:
WAS in VQ-1&2 LOVED WORKING ON THOSE OLE R-3350-42 ENGINGES.Great soud at full power or 30in and 2950RPM

A visitor from United States posted Mon August 10, 2009:
You dont know how lucky you are...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 23, 2009:
Superb image. thank you.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sun February 8, 2009:
I have no idea how these two engines works and I would like to know how but hey, this is superb

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 30, 2008:
Words can not describe the beauty, and raw power exhibited here in this perfectly framed picture, suprised no one has mentioned the reflection of the blue stripe on the fuselage, and the reflection of the fire from the exhaust in the windows! Great Detail! 5*

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 5, 2008:
Looks to me that two engine fires are about to burn the wing off. Camera man must be thinking "I wonder if anyone will get to see this picture"

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue April 1, 2008:
Great shot! Very powerful picture with the 'cold steel' look of the engines with the hot yellow and red fire coming out.

A visitor from - posted Sat March 29, 2008:
I flew co-pilot on the connies for twa in 65, 66. you should see this picture at night with the blue flame in cruise.

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 12, 2008:
Never have I seen an engine shot with flame coming out the exhaust pipes. Must be on climb power. And those spinners!

A visitor from United States posted Thu January 17, 2008:
I love the flaming exhaust, the topography, the blur of the props, & the exposure --mec3

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 25, 2007:
Awesome vision of what internal-combustion power is all about. The spinning props and gleaming prop hubs, the forest far below, the night sky, the reflection of the aircraft in the cowling. Constellations are the best.

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue August 21, 2007:
Wonderfull!!! All pictures are excelent.

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 27, 2007:
An excellent action shot of the mighty engines of the super connie. being a life long hot-rodder, i
always loved the sound of these engines, especially at idle. i was in the early warning navy squadron aewbarronpac on midway island in 1963 as an ae2.
ted johnson

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Sat May 19, 2007:
Great times for heroes (passengers) sitting in the neighbourhood of these lights of hope. Very good indicator that the engine is still running, at night, of course. I can remember the flames leaving exhaust tubes of IL-14s (CSA). They were yellow and blue. Sag

A visitor from Germany posted Fri May 4, 2007:
5* for the composition of dramatic sky, propeller action, exhaust fire and the atmosphere of 1958.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat March 24, 2007:
Really nice capturing of the engines under full load. Great composition and good timing with the weather adding a quite dramatic effect to the picture.

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 12, 2007:
Beautiful photo - pure historical motion in flight. If only the picture had sound!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue February 6, 2007:
Beautiful composition, nice AC. perfect!!!

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed October 25, 2006:

A visitor from Argentina posted Sat September 30, 2006:
I love this kind of planes, and this picture showing the flames coming out the exhaust are amazing!

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon September 4, 2006:
Good old days.American heavy metal.Will never come back.

A visitor from Germany posted Fri September 1, 2006:
Very rare shot, congratulation

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 10, 2006:
That's AMAZING! I can't really describe... My favorite

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon August 7, 2006:
Those were the days.................

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 27, 2006:
Love the look of power

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Wed July 26, 2006:

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat June 24, 2006:
Good detail.Whirr of props together with exhaust flame from engines gives picture life and,
together with background, sense of 'being aloft'

A visitor from Costa Rica posted Fri May 19, 2006:
Great shot...one of the best I've seen!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 1, 2006:
Childhood memories of looking out of portholes on super g constalation, and
magnificent engine start up sequence on tarmac with high pitch whir and bbloommm as one cylinder catches after another with magnificent plume of initial rich black exhaust clearing on revs up.......

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 31, 2006:
The Constellation was the first plane I ever flew on a trip from Recife SBRF to Rio SBGL in 1959. That's exactly the picture I still have in my mind. Those engine cowls and the sound... Wonderful plane !

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Sat March 18, 2006:
The nice view of the old hot engines

A visitor from Poland posted Fri March 17, 2006:
It's very energei foto. this fire from pipes is just amezing.

A visitor from Thailand posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Very nice

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun February 26, 2006:
Greatest airplane ever the Constelation! Perfect shot! Look at the reflection on engine nr 3;-)

A visitor from Finland posted Sat February 18, 2006:
My favourite plane. Nice shot

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Who said prop. planes are not powerful?

A visitor from France posted Fri February 3, 2006:
I'm simply jalous.....will love to be in this plane. Congrats lucky you !

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 3, 2006:
This is a very dynamic and unique view of a radial engine in flight at what appears to be a climb or high cruise power setting. It is unique because only the Wright R-3350 turbo compound engine would afford a passenger this view of the exhaust stacks due to the configuration of the power recovery turbines in each engine.All of the Douglas DC-3,DC-4 and DC-6 transports had their exhausts routed to the outboard side of the engines and were only visible during night takeoffs and climbs when the rich carburetor settings produced long,blue flames out the exhausts.

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Thu February 2, 2006:
Veri nice

A visitor from Canada posted Wed February 1, 2006:
Composition, colour, the flames spitting out the back all pull together to recall the day when planes where planes and flying was an adventure

A visitor from Sweden posted Mon January 30, 2006:
This picture speaks for itself! You can feel the thunder when you see the flames. Those were the days!

A visitor from Turkey posted Fri January 27, 2006:
Amazing... ;)

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 22, 2006:
Very nice to see those old props flying. Go Props, stop the Jet trend!

A visitor from Sweden posted Sun January 15, 2006:
Creative way of taking a picture of a prop-liner - excellent!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun October 23, 2005:
You can "hear " the photo.

A visitor from Germany posted Fri October 21, 2005:
WOOW, that looks really cool!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri October 21, 2005:
I've never seen flames like that !

A visitor from South Africa posted Thu October 20, 2005:
I think the mixture is fine. Radials do make flames like this. Ask me - I fly one :) We have huge flames coming from our Yak constantly. Anyway, the photo is really amazing...with the delayed shutter. It's my new desktop!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu October 20, 2005:

A visitor from Kazakhstan posted Thu October 20, 2005:
Really spectacular!!

A visitor from Germany posted Thu October 20, 2005:
Its no fire, as a CFI I would have said: "lean the mixture, you are not burning all fuel"

A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 20, 2005:
Just fantastic! Well done...Shutter speed would be nice.

Benjamin Freer

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed October 19, 2005:
Welcome in my prop album ! I hope the crew knows what they are doing as the orange flames are not supposed to be there in flight.

A visitor from Germany posted Wed October 19, 2005:
Nice photo, what was the shutter speed setting?

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 19, 2005:
Very nice picture, captured the flames nicely. Pity about the hazy background though. Perhaps the pilot needs to lean the mixture a bit?

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