on Ramp 2, where the Enforcer would start and taxi for a test mission. As the engine came up to speed on startup, the shortened and squared-off open-tip design of the modified Skyraider prop would set up an ear-splitting screech. The cavities at the end of the four blades produced a noise like a banshee blowing over the top of a thousand Coke bottles. Whenever the Enforcer cranked up, all of us on the ramp side of the Test Pilot School building would leave the office for quieter climes.
Still, Robert Bernier has it right: The plane just looks cool, and I don’t know a single pilot who wouldn’t accept the threat to his hearing for the chance to fly it.
LT. COL. GARY ALDRICH, USAF (RET.) Director, Flight Test Historical Foundation