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Recording a 1928 Stearman C3B Bi-Plane 2011

1928 Stearman C3B Engine Start Boomcam Perspective 2011

Here is a J5 Wright powered 1928 Stearman C3B starting its engine. The video was shot with a Flip HD (3rd Gen) mounted on my Sanken CSS-5 microphone boom pole. This is the complete video with the CSS-5 audio recorded at 24/96. This plane was not flying during the show but at the end of the day I was able to meet the owner and his friends (it takes more then one person to get these planes started). They were getting ready to fly home as I walked by after recording at the north end of the airport. I asked the pilot if I could record it and he said only if you give me the sound for my cell ringtone. “Deal” I told him. After they rolled it out and charged the starter she was running. He ran the engine at different RPMs until I gave him the thumbs up that I recorded enough for his ringtone. I then walked along side the plane while it headed for the runway. I was able to move down field and record the plane taking off and passing by.

1928 Stearman C3B Engine Flying Boomcam Perspective 2011

Here is the J5 Wright powered 1928 Stearman C3B starting its engine. The video was shot with a Flip HD (3rd Gen) mounted on my Sanken CSS-5 microphone boom pole. This is the video of the plane taking off and then passing by at the Sandpoint Idaho Airport with the CSS-5 audio recorded at 24/96.

1928 Stearman C3B Engine Start Far Perspective 2011

Here is the J5 Wright powered 1928 Stearman C3B starting its engine. The video was shot with a Fujifilm picture camera by my wife. This is the video of the plane starting and myself with the Sanken CSS-5 recording the sound.

The blog post from the Sandpoint Idaho Fly In 2011 is here

Prop Plane Recording August 14th 2010

August 14, 2010, Sandpoint, Idaho – Early Saturday morning I was out in the garden picking fresh raspberries and thinking about what I was going to do for the day when I heard this distant hum overhead. Then out of the blue, 3 bi-planes in formation flew very low over. I thought to myself “this is very strange way out here in the country” so I ran inside and searched the internet for any kind of air show event in North Idaho. I found The 6th annual Sandpoint Fly-In event was happening now.

With all that I had to do today the last thing I thought of doing was to gear up and go record. What the hell I thought, when you get the chance to record something cool, go get it. So, I packed up my CSS-5 and the 702 and headed for town.

When I got there dozens of prop planes were parked and flying around. There is always a band playing at these kind of events so I walked to the end of the runway where they start begin take-off. After a few minutes planes started pulling up and performing a quick engine run-up as they prepared for take off. Nobody really bothered me as I was standing in the scorching sun with a boom and a microphone. The airport security guys just waved as the drove by on ATV’s. Small town airports are great, you can wander around very close to the runway as long as you don’t step out on the runway.

I was able to get right up next to and behind the airplanes as they were getting ready for departure. I got some great recordings with minimal background destractions. Check them out below.

I really should have been painting the garage.

Prop plane engine starts, run-up’s and taxi by’s:

Vintage and stunt prop plane pass by’s:

Airplanes 2010

1941 Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 “Yellow Peril” (4417)

Airplanes 2010

1927 Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000 (NC1499)

Airplanes 2010

1928 Boeing B-40C Mail plane. The only B-40-C flying & oldest Boeing flying

Airplanes 2010

1928 Boeing B-40C Mail plane. The only B-40-C flying & oldest Boeing flying

Airplanes 2010

1930 Laird model LC-1B-300 NC10402 engine running

Airplanes 2010

1930 Laird model LC-1B-300 NC10402 and Sanken CSS-5 Microphone

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