Recording Aircraft

Aircraft are difficult to record well as they tend to move quickly and not always in a way that works well with mic placement. I tend to leave around 18 - 20dB headroom (yes, a bit generous). If I'm expecting anything to fly close and up to 25 db if there's a prospect of anything with a jet engine. With aircraft and places I know well I usually shift around mic placement to get different recording dynamics. For places I don't know or new aircraft I'll make a call first then leave it that way and see what happens. I guess this is quite like how people that record birdsong will work. My usual kit comprises of a Rode NT4 or Audio-Technica 822 into a Fostex FR2-LE. Some of the older recordings use HI-MD Sony Minidisc.


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  • Hi, I am working on a large, interactive project on the Battle of Britain and would like to add aircraft sound effects. I notice you have the appropriate Spitfire and Hurricanes and wondered whether you had managed to capture the Me109G - Daimler-Benz engine that was over here this year?
    If not can I use the Spit and Hurri sounds?

    Posted by Ian Bennett, 29/11/2015 4:34pm (2 years ago)

  • I'm searching for the sound of a Ryan Firebee Drone (a UAV) flying low to the ground about 50 feet or so. It is powered by a small jet engine. My brother and I witnessed one in southwestern Oklahoma (USA) in 1963 when it was still cloaked in secrecy and considered by some witnesses to be a UFO.

    Posted by Don Banks, 26/05/2015 11:20pm (3 years ago)

  • Hi, I was wondering what you usage policy is and whether it would extend to other museum's using your sound files? We're developing an app at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and we need sound bites of a few world war I aircraft, (some of which I see you have here). The app is a free app but if you gave us permission to use your files I'm sure we would be able to put an appropriate credit on the app.
    Also wondering if you know the engines that were on the aircraft you recorded so that we be certain to properly identify the sounds.
    Many Thanks,
    Kim Reynolds
    Education and Interpretation Officer
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum

    Posted by Kim Reynolds, 03/04/2014 6:59pm (4 years ago)

  • Hello there,
    I make electronic Sound Units for remote controlled airplanes.
    I am looking for a good SE5 A biplane record.
    It must contain the following Sound sections:
    Engine start, idling, accelerating, CONSTANT Speed unter load, decelerate and shut down.
    Do you have something suitable?
    What is the Price?

    Thank you very much for your Feedback and best regards

    Posted by Thomas Benedini, 07/03/2014 8:21am (4 years ago)

  • I was wondering if you could give me any help. I want to put a speaker and the sound of a fighter acft engine in a onex acft I am building. there is room behind the engine to put a speaker
    Thanks Ron Moore

    Posted by Ron Moore, 25/07/2013 7:03am (4 years ago)

  • Just a note of appreciation, your recordings are top notch, I have sent your link to some pilot friends. I have told the story many times; the first time I heard/saw a Spitfire "live", I forgot to breathe for a bit, until I suddenly found myself gasping as it climbed away. Your recordings bring that back for me (I remember to breathe, now, however!). Thank You.

    Posted by James Diment, 26/03/2013 1:17am (5 years ago)

  • do you do a fly pass of the Avro Lancaster as there is one at Dumfries aviation museum and your web address is connected to it but on this site there seems to be only Just Jane engines warming up. Also how much is a cd for a recording of all of them? Many thanks Mark

    Posted by Mark Frewer, 21/08/2012 6:01pm (5 years ago)

  • I am looking for a dowloadable recording of the 'blue note' sound made by various marks of Hawker Hunter to attach to a presentation I am giving which involves the Hunter, Can you help please!?

    Posted by William Boyce, 18/02/2011 10:51pm (7 years ago)

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