10, 2003, David Stall of Texas purchased
Chrysler Air Raid Siren
once owned by Los Angeles County, California. On April 16, 2003,
the giant siren arrived in the tiny town of Fayetteville, Texas (pictured above).
Seems that David
is hooked on these monster sirens. After acquiring the Pittsburgh
siren in Pennsylvania and dubbing it the VictorySiren
he was moved a month later to acquire a second Chrysler Air Raid Siren in
California. This second siren has been dubbed BigRed.
Did you notice
that it's not red?
Not to worry, it
will be. During the 1950's many, if not most, of these wonderful Chrysler Sirens were
painted fire engine red before they left the factory in Trenton,
Michigan. We have come to discover that
has always been green! Some portions of the siren, like the
compressor, were painted with red primer before being painted green.
The engine cowling and frame offer the best evidence that the siren was
painted green at the Chrysler factory. Both have Chrysler lettering
painted in yellow and trimmed in black. By carefully removing
paint layers we have exposed the lettering and green paint behind them.
Additional evidence is given by the cowling inside (including under
mounted parts) is green with matching enamel green paint found
behind the siren's nameplate. This particular green color is the
standard paint color found on equipment owned by Los Angeles County.
There are indications that Chrysler shipped sirens in various colors
including green, yellow and red.
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan, has provided
with the only known color photograph of Chrysler Air Raid Sirens
on the factory floor. The dozen sirens in that photograph are all
bright fire engine red.
was to start making appearances at air shows and other events it was to be
painted the factory red color.
Why two sirens?
Easy, there are two
different styles and if you're going to collect something, even sirens,
you want to have one of every variation. Right? Okay,
there's another reason. The
was to be historically restored to museum quality. Once ready it
was planned to tour the country as a show piece and rarely ever operated.
on the other hand was to be a working siren. That's to say that it was
to be repaired,
painted, and made ready for action.
intended to make appearances where it would have been operated and demonstrated
- FULL BLAST!. Fairs,
air shows, and other large outdoor affairs are all opportunities for
seen and heard.
But aren't they
still the same?
Yes, and no.
Yes, both sirens are Chrysler Air Raid Sirens of the same vintage
and have the same operating specifications. However, they are
cowlings are different in the number and position of slots. A
minor difference yes, but representing two distinct versions. BigRed
was also missing both
original side panels and the propeller shaft cover.
More significantly, with and without
running boards. Sirens mounted atop tower most often had running
boards and rails along the sides of the siren as does BigRed.
And, last but not least,
has been converted to run on propane while the VictorySiren
has it's original gasoline carburetor and oil bath air filter.
want to hear this Cold War siren.
And, whenever it's
run, it will be heard! This fifty year old Chrysler Air Raid Siren is still the loudest warning device
ever put into production. [
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We had hoped that website visitors
could have followed
through the progress of
repair and future
On March 8, 2003, David
Stall created the website,
for the purpose of promoting
sharing information about
the most interesting sirens ever produced. Photographs and
repair will be place online throughout the process so that the
public can follow along.
arrives in Texas.
On April 16, 2003, the Los
Angeles County Chrysler Air Raid Siren was delivered in
starts and runs for the first time in Texas.
On May 23, 2003, the Los
Angeles County Chrysler Air Raid Siren was started and run in
Fayetteville, Texas. It was the first
time the siren
was run in Texas. The liquid propane tank was turned on, the ignition
hotwired, and the starter cranked. After cranking for only 3½
seconds and on the very first try, this giant Chrysler Siren roared to
David revved the Hemi engine of BigRed
and shut it down after nearly two minutes.
This was the siren's first test run. Some additional work, including
lubrication of the compressor bearings, will be performed before it is
run up to full throttle.
Photographs of the BigRed Siren
Sound clips of the BigRed Siren
BigRed Appearance Schedule
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