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12-08-2003, 00:07
This is a tough one...but for me it just might be the F4. If you are standing on the extended centerline as one or more goes over your head while landing, they make a "howl" that almost pushes me over to a spontaneous BIG-O.

Piston wise, the Hawker Sea Fury and Beech Duke are to be reckoned with.

By the way, who misses the plumes of black smoke that used to flow from the ol' turbojets?? I sure do. B-52's, 707's...yeah, baby!!

12-08-2003, 00:10

12-08-2003, 09:32
The sound of the turbine kicking in and winding up while sitting in a helo with the door off.

The sound of a Mustang.

Any bad ass jet hauling ass.

The double boom of the Space Shuttle coming in and the sound of the crowd going wild waving American flags as the Shuttle zips across the sky at what looks like the speed of light, S-curves, heads straight for the runway, and silently lands like a feather with the crowd going even more wild.

I've never witnessed the Space Shuttle taking off, but that has GOT to sound pretty bad ass!

12-08-2003, 09:37
it's hard to beat the sound of an old radial. especially something like the P-47 for a single, or the B-29 for a multi-engine.

jet wise, the F-104 is probably one of the most awsome sounding *and looking* aircraft.

12-08-2003, 11:36
For me, there is no question: it is the sound of full afterburners kicking in on an F-4! Never to be forgotten!

12-08-2003, 11:42


...that or an A-10 zooming over at 50 ft. :)

12-08-2003, 12:34
My favorite is the sound of both engines starting without a hitch on SA365N2.My second favorite is a nice spin down after they shut down;b

12-08-2003, 14:11
S-3 Viking coming in for a landing, or sitting on the flight deck...

Nicknamed the Hoover............

Vooooommmm Voooooooooooooooooommmmm

No other aircraft sounds quite like it.

12-08-2003, 17:43
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12-08-2003, 18:02
Although I have never heard it in person, and if I had it probably would have caused a total evacuation of my body waste, I really like to hear sound clips of the "Trumpet of Jericho" thats right, a Junkers Ju-87 dive bomber equipped with the siren so it screams out of the sky. I like to listen to the first track of Pink Floyd's The Wall, just for that, at the end of the song, you hear the screaming dive..... I LOVE IT!

12-08-2003, 19:15
Ordnance Sounds:

M-61 Vulcan from inside the cockpit, a combination of the sound and the vibration: BUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRP

A string of four bombs getting ejected off the racks: WHUP-WHUP-WHUP-WHUP.

Any missile coming off the rail: Sort of like a big bottle rocket, WHOOOOOOOOOOOooooooosh.

12-08-2003, 19:21
The four Wright Cyclones on a B-17. ;?

Texas T
12-08-2003, 19:42
Prop: Mustang at idle; any BIG radial cranking up... chirp, chirp, chirp, baroooom!

Jet: SR-71 on takeoff - only heard it once when I was about 14, but I'll never forget it.

As for the B-52's; They would take off in sticks of about 36 at one minute intervals starting at about 11:30 pm. When you didn't have AC in the house yet and had to sleep with the windows open, and you lived less than one mile from the end of the runway, you basically didn't sleep for an hour each night.

Not really an aircraft sound, but when you're a 10 year old kid, the Alert Klaxon going off was music to my ears. I'd pedal my bike to the flight line as quick as I could, sometimes beating the line crews to the fence. I'd watch the bomber crews bail from their crewcabs and climb into the planes, get cranked up and start moving towards the runway. I don't remember exact times, but I think 3-5 minutes from entering the aircraft until it began moving would be about right. A quick wave to the tail gunners (and a waggle of the .50 cals back at me) and they'd be on their way. Hmmm... tail gunners... that should tell you how long ago THAT was. :) When did they pull the gunners out the tail on the 52's?

Sound I don't want to hear again... We were visiting my grandparents in Hollywood FL and my dad needed to check in at the closest base for something. While he was in the Ops building I was watching Phantoms take off. One guy went screaming past me, was hidden behind a building, and all I heard was ROOOOAAAARRR... WHOOMP !.... silence ;P

He had gotten off the ground but I don't know if he had even gotten the gear up yet when the engine went TU and he pancaked right back down onto the runway. I remember seeing the picture in the paper the next day of a totally destroyed and toasted F-4. I seem to recall that he survived but I don't remember any other details.


12-09-2003, 02:56
UH1/ Heuy, knew I was going to make it out one more time

Semper Glock
12-09-2003, 09:34
The sound of 4 Lycoming LF-507s winding down after a long 4 day trip signalling that beer thirty is getting close.;c ;f

12-09-2003, 11:21
The buzz-saw sound of a large fan engine on takeoff.

knuckle dragger
12-09-2003, 11:23
The roaring of a F14D minimum radius turn....

12-09-2003, 21:13
Tie, both in a high speed low pass. P51 Mustang and F4U Corsair.

12-09-2003, 21:22
Either a Beaver or Mustang for pistons, or any turbine spooling up and hearing the ignitor tick off..... :)

12-10-2003, 04:37
EA-6B Prowler while sitting in the JBD pit between cats 1 and 2!!!! if you had fillings in your teeth they were loose after that.

12-10-2003, 05:29
Anything with a supercharged Rolls Royce Merlin at full throttle
and low altittude. (P51D)
B17G's, my Dad flew em'.

12-10-2003, 16:08
The sound of any airplane I am flying.

Other than that, a P-51 at full throttle. The F-104's howl is pretty cool, too. Is that caused by the exhaust configuration?

12-11-2003, 19:09
Originally posted by F14Scott
Ordnance Sounds:

M-61 Vulcan from inside the cockpit, a combination of the sound and the vibration: BUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRP

A string of four bombs getting ejected off the racks: WHUP-WHUP-WHUP-WHUP.

Any missile coming off the rail: Sort of like a big bottle rocket, WHOOOOOOOOOOOooooooosh.


any time you want to get together (or you can do it here) and tell us of the times sitting in the back of that F14, please let me know.

12-15-2003, 05:23
Rolls-Royce Merlin at max. revs...

...closely followed by the ticking of igniters and a gas turbine spooling up....

....excuse me , I need to lie down now..


12-15-2003, 17:32
Wow, couple of Bird Farm noise lovers here!
The C1-A doing a deck launch!
The F-8 exploding into burner!
An H-53 take off.

12-15-2003, 18:35
I forgot the most wonderful aircraft sound of all, dangit!
Any aircraft carrying USAF Para-Rescueman coming to get me outta a jam, should it be necessary.

12-19-2003, 20:09
Originally posted by Patriot328
tell us of the times sitting in the back of that F14

Oh boy, you just asked a fighter pilot to talk about himself...
Run. ;f

01-03-2004, 17:38
Piston - Rolls Royce V12 Merlin, Mustang or Spitfire

Jet - F111

Helo - UH-1H

If it can't hover, don't bother!

01-12-2004, 13:30
My favorite is definitely when hooked up and waitin' for the green light - the sound of the paratroop doors flyin' open on ANY aircraft!

01-12-2004, 17:19
Mike Mullins using his best "This is your Captain" voice:

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 22,000 feet AGL. Please stow your oxygen, open the door, and EXIT, EXIT, EXIT."


01-12-2004, 17:37
Sure all those Merlins and Prat & Whitneys are delicious and nerve stimulating, but there's two more I'd like to add: 1) the Knockity-Knock of the 65 horse Conny in the Aeronca 7AC, and, 2) the magnificent eEEEeeeWWwwaaaauuuuuugggghhhhh! as the Cheyenne's turbo props are used for braking..

Just watched the four 'Missing Man' formation of P-51s on my DVD/TV and with the audio cranked, it was grand, just grand!

01-13-2004, 06:06
two favorites:
F14 doing a .99 mach pass at 100ft
and the Strega P51 doing a high speed pass on a cold day where you can literally hear it cutting the air.

One Ragged Hole
01-14-2004, 08:30
1. At Old Reinbeck N.Y., A low high speed pass by a beautiful old Mr. Mulligan replica.
2. AV8 Harrier in hover, 150 feet over my head, at Farmingdale, N.Y. while 3 more did high G turns about 400ft away.
3. F-14 in High Alpha test at Grumman test field, then going straight up. (I worked for Grumman in the Tech. Illustrating Dept)

01-14-2004, 08:38

As a young lad - B36 Bomber flying over our house in Albuquerque.

As a young man - F15 fighter on takeoff

Now - Approach of a Bell B212 chopper coming in to take me home.

01-14-2004, 22:47
2) the magnificent eEEEeeeWWwwaaaauuuuuugggghhhhh! as the Cheyenne's turbo props are used for braking..

Agreed, that's a spine-tingler; but let's not forget the Mitsubishi MU-2's menacing howl...

01-15-2004, 05:20
any of the big radials are great. I watched a B-25 fly over this past december while in the woods deer hunting I heard it before I saw it and knew something with big radials was coming. I was expecting a dc-3/c-47 as there are a few locally and was surprised to see a B-25 ;f ;f I also remember watching F-4's as a kid come over low and fast it was excellent as well.

01-15-2004, 09:48
Not sure what sort of jet it was, but when I was a young lad, I worked for farmers during the summer time to make some money. The fields that I worked in were right along a flight corridor from I think Vance AFB in Enid to Altus AFB down in Altus Oklahoma. One day I was disking a field with an old 50's era John Deere 2 cylinder "poppin Johnny" tractor. Here I am poppin along in this field when all of a sudden there is a deafening roar overhead, I thought the tractor was blowing up. Then I see to exhaust trails in the sky as a couple of jet fighter about 200 feet off the ground are heading southwest, I think they scared me on purpose.

01-15-2004, 10:21
Bill, Bob Hoover it was, I think, who was quoted saying that Mitsubishi was one 'squirrely SOB'. Or maybe it was Chuck Yeager.. anyhow, the FBO for which I did the lineboy service years back tried out the MU-2 and opted for the Lear 21. The drivers said they thought the MU-2 to be tricky w/o benefit.

01-18-2004, 21:50
Actually I used to enjoy the F-8 Crusaders leaving the cats under full afterburners.
Darn thats been a few years ago now, was on the USS Oriskany serving mostly in the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club.;a

01-18-2004, 22:23
nothing better than a two ship of B-1's in full burner.. that'll set off car alarms..

01-19-2004, 04:17
I love most the wissling of a turbin getting started, specially when you open the trottle and the "Chrrrrrrr" singnals the fuel comming in!

Santa CruZin
01-20-2004, 13:43
See my avatar.

01-22-2004, 18:31
UH-1 Huey

Bell 47 (H-13)

L-19 (O-1)

L-20 (U-6)

Any radial engine.

;? ^c

02-02-2004, 12:21
I've been priveleged to have been on the deck within 30 yards or so of a pair of B-17s (not at the same time) cranking up and taking off, then buzzing the field, also, a P-51D and a P-40B flying escort (1 each per B-17G) this was two seperate incidents.

Not quite the same as jets, but you KNOW what they are without even seeing them.

The sound of a lowlevel B-25 approach. Scared the heck out of me (couldn't spot it till it went over at full throttle about 500 feet up).

One of my more favorite amused-photographer moments of my short NBC career was covering the B-17-with-P-51D, it was on approach as we drove up, but we didn't know it (I could hear it off in the distance) was trying to describe a B-17's size to my reporter, a cute young Hispanic girl who was not a history buff, she probably knew what a B-17 looked like from movies but hadn't seen one in person. We're pulling up to the airport and I keep hearing it come closer, but keep my mouth shut. Suddenly the -17G comes overheard on it's final turn-leg, all four engines roaring (we had our car windows open), gear down.
She yells "What the &(&@(*&!@&)&(&@$ @(&!(& !(&!(& was that!" (Much to my amusement) and I replied, "That, Amanda, is the sound of a real WARPLANE." When I told her they used to go in thousand-plane raids, and that was a single B-17, her reply was "That musta been pretty &!(@&ing loud!" (Reporters are quite foulmouthed when the camera is off.. Trust me)

The sound of a hundred Blackhawks or Hueys all winding up at once is pretty awesome.

02-02-2004, 12:25
Also........note to aviators.

I was there when Prime Minister Putin visited Crawford with George W. Being part of the media mob I was on the runway when they left. I was up on the media flatbed trailer where all the cameras are set up. Putin was in a 4-engine Tupolev (don't know the model) and it cranked up and began taxiing. It turned (tail towards us) and half the media crowd disappeared. The four or five of us crazy enough to stay up there shut our eyes (the one not in the viewfinder) closed our mouths and leaned into our tripods, kept rolling tape and nearly got blown off the trailer by the exhaust. Noisy, smelly, and memorable. By comparison, Air Force One immediately afterwards was barely noticeable (exhaust/noise/everything else) until it hit the runway and cranked up to full power.

Don't stand behind a Tupolev when it cranks up.

02-03-2004, 09:51
Hughes 500 Helo.

Like the one TC flew on Magnum PI

02-04-2004, 13:11
My favorite sound is the start up of thoes big RB211's on the L-1011, the drone,the rumble,the smoke ahhh music to my ears

02-04-2004, 13:42
Originally posted by ajw8875
EA-6B Prowler while sitting in the JBD pit between cats 1 and 2!!!! if you had fillings in your teeth they were loose after that.

Ha! It's a little quieter on the inside, but not much.

But flying in a T-28 at night, with the canopy, open is just plain (plane) fun. Lots of noise, and flames.;f

02-05-2004, 16:09
LOL!! MrMurphy!!!
That brought back memories, I gotta tell you!
Has to do with the C-5A and a bunch of media-types who thought it would be real cool to be behind that thing as it went B-T-T-W on TO roll! It took two days to locate most of their personal belongings.. some things are still wheeling about in the northern hemisphere sky, I swear.;f ;P

Ed Ely
02-07-2004, 23:22
Skyhook - the C5A mention surely brought back memories to me.

You were talking about the media being behind one during run up
and take off. It is/has been one fantastic A/C.

I had the priviledge of watching the maiden takeoff of the 1st
C5A at Lockheed-Georgia Co. Marietta, Ga. Dobbins AFB runway.

All the media had been alerted and they were at the other end
of the runway, which was well over 10K feet in length. Well,
ol' Leo Sullivan, Chief Test Pilot on the C5A, may his soul rest
in peace, throttled forward all four of those P & Ws and was
hauling a*s down the runway when all at once that big mother
lifted up for takeoff at a little over 1700 feet. Of course
this really ticked off all the photographers as they were
expecting a long roll down to the far end of the runway. They
got their pix, but it was really airborne and many pix showing
a far away aircraft.

Ol' Leo landed that C5A about thirty minutes later in a beautiful
set down and then the photogs came running to ***** about the
artfull takeoff. Leo just responded, that it was his aircraft
and he decided to do a short takeoff and to he*l with that long
roll stuff. Those powerful engines always sounded good to me.


02-08-2004, 04:33
The gear motor running on downwind and the clunk when gear is locked, with indicator light on.