Northrop Grumman E-2C "Hawkeye" (159496)
Painted as the colorbird of VAW-116 (Airborne Command and Control Squadron One Sixteen) "Sun Kings"
Pt. Mugu, CA // Deployed on USS Nimitz
On static display in the NAS Fallon air park.
Back in the fabulous era of propbirds, my absolutely ultra #1 most fave aircraft sound was the wonderful whistle of the four Rolls Royce Darts on the Vickers Viscounts. (Old timers know exactly what sound I am referring to; once experienced, always enjoyed; never forgotten. Young un's missed out.) But now that the days of the Darts has passed into history, my new #1 favorite prop sound is the awesome harmony of the Allison turboprops on the E-2 Hawkeyes. I once stood at the side of NFL's runway as four Hawkeyes lined up and positioned to mito-launch. A stunning symphony of sound. The ONLY way that experience could have been any better would have been if I could have been on a carrier to experience it.
Great shot and information Gary!
Took care of many parts and assemblies for 159496 while it was being built at Grumman, Bethpage, Long Island NY.
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