Vintage airplanes may be loud

Will we see this sight overhead next week? Photo by Marshall Astor via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Kiersten Throndsen at KOMO Communities (Beacon Hill Blog news partners) reports that things may be getting loud on some parts of Beacon Hill starting on Monday:

Starting May 21 through Memorial Day weekend, the Museum of Flight is hosting B-17 Bomber tours and rides on a variety of vintage military aircraft.

According to the notice from the city, these aircraft are sanctioned by permits from the FAA and are used for enjoyment.

King County International Airport is not authorized to restrict aircraft usage 24/7.

The city says you can file a noise complaint online or by calling 206-205-5242.

Though it may be loud, it sounds like there will be some interesting sights for fans of vintage aircraft.

3 thoughts on “Vintage airplanes may be loud”

  1. I for one, welcome the “noise” of the vintage planes, it is a reminder of days gone by, when Thousands of B-29s and others were built here in the early days of the war at Boeing’s plant two and Renton. Many of you weren’t even born then, when we had Rosy the Riveters in Hugh numbers, since the men were off fighting the wars(s).They could turn out 30+ planes a day.

    There are very few of these old planes left, having been lovingly restored by many volunteers.
    So if you hear those engines drone ,look up and be thankful for what they did. Remember the young men and women flyers, the many hundreds of them ,along with their crews on D Day Europe and over other areas that were shot down.

    To digress, I worked at Boeing for 11 years. 1954-1965, at Plant 2 (now demolished) and Renton .
    These were not the hectic war days, but I helped in the finishing of the monster B-52’s.I worked in
    the parts “cages” as they were called, dispensing parts like in an auto parts store.
    The part stores were called cages, as expensive parts were literally und lock and key. Mechanics were not above stealing a part if they had damaged one on installation.

    The old adage “if it ain’t a Boeing I ain’t going ” can’t be said today with the quality of the Air Bus
    planes flying today. One can hardly tell them apart. L L

    When I say “monster”, it really was, and the hangers could only accomodate 6 at a time.
    navigation equipment was not cheap even in those days, an altimeter cost around $30,000,etc.
    There is a squad of B-52,s still flying, but many have crashed over the years, some were salvaged and used for spare parts.

  2. Oops, sorry the last paragraph goes with the wording about the B-52’s Blame it on my iPad.

  3. I consider seeing these old planes fly around is one of the “perks” of living on Beacon Hill. Whenever I hear that distinctive drone of a WWII heavy bomber it reminds me of my father who worked on them during (and before actually) World War Two.

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