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Posted: 8/25/2004 8:37:54 AM EST
I must say, from the ones I've seen and heard, the F-105 Thunderchief and the F-111 Aardvark. I'd I'd vote the Aardvark as the loudest of the two.

I remember when I was a kid, F-111's would come through here pretty often at 500 ft or so off the deck (military training route) at blazing speeds. When those babies were cranking, my goodness, the noise was almost deafening! Thankfully it only lasted a few seconds or it seems as if the noise would pierce you skull and kill you. It was great! I've heard F-4's, F-16's, B-52's, B1-B's and some other types, but nothing I have ever heard in the US inventory past or present can compare with the F-111 and F-105. Of course all are noisy, but some more than others.

What jet gets your vote?

BTW, there are lots of downloadable sound files you can find by searching the web. I have a bunch downloaded but nowhere to share them.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:40:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 8:40:25 AM EST by ar50troll]
I grew up on Okinawa during Vietnam. There was a big deal made of the B-52's being able to land there. Eventually they got the go ahead and those things came in and out of the island 24 hours a day for weeks. Man it is a unique and noisy sound. Sure seemed to be the loudest to me.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:40:34 AM EST
AV8B Harrier gets my vote from personnal experiance.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:41:24 AM EST
grandpaws place was close to jacksonville, AR airforce base a i remember when the B-58 huslers would go over with sonic boom in the early 1960's they were loud.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:42:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 8:43:08 AM EST by skid2964]
The B-29 named "Enola Gay" ... just ask a Hiroshima survivor .....


ooops, nevermind ... you said "jet" didnt you ....
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:44:14 AM EST
B-52's flew this training constantly, also at low level. While noisy, they weren't uncomfortably noisy. Heck, the 52's didn't even make me cringe. But those F-111's would force you to cup your hands over you ears, grit your teeth and hunker down until they passed. LOL. I've even seen people cuss them to hell and back after doing that.

Makes me think of the Top Gun scene and the tower........"Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full"!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:44:19 AM EST
Douglas F-101 Voodoo.
When I was a kid in the late seventies the Canadian Air force would visit the Payne Airfield in Washington fo the air show. The F-101's would do a high speed-low level fly over and it was deafining.
The Harriers are also pretty loud. Perhaps because the buggers would just sit there making noise.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:44:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By Stove_Pipe:
AV8B Harrier gets my vote from personnal experiance.




That's #1.

#2 is the A-6.


Semper Fi
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:48:15 AM EST
From my own personal experience, growing up on air bases? The F-100. No doubt. They made your ears bleed......
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:53:14 AM EST


I bet this one broke a few windows in its time.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:55:46 AM EST
When I lived in K-Bay HI as a kid the USMC was still using the F4 Phantoms, not really bombers but damn them things were loud. I agree with another poster A4s are plenty loud too.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:57:26 AM EST
Though not entirely a jet, it was powered by a T40 turboprop engine,
the Republic XF-84H "Thunderscreech" was a modification of the F-84 Thunderstreak jet fighter.
The propeller was was supersonic, thereby making it one of the loudest conventional
aircraft of all time
While undergoing tests at Edwards AFB, it was heard for 20 miles away.
That mother was loud.

Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:58:07 AM EST
As I understand it, Bears are a cut above.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:02:26 AM EST
SR-71. (It was going to be a fighter...)

CW
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:12:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:15:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:17:00 AM EST
When you say "operated", do you mean actively served? The reason I ask is that I know for a fact that the LOUDEST airplane ever tested was the XB-70 Valkyrie. But it never went beyond testing. I have an aviation maintenance textbook that says so. In fact I believe it said something like 149 decibels AT 150 FEET!!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:17:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 9:18:24 AM EST by macman37]
Prolly F-4.... In my personal experience the F-104 was pretty loud. F/A-18s are very loud in afterburner.

I was surprised by how loud the F-117 was at an air show flyby once. Not earsplitting, but you expect it to make a different sound than it does.

Edit: I just love those Hustlers. What a beautiful plane.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:19:02 AM EST
Hi all,
I vote for the CF-101 Voodoo. We had a cottage near Cold Lake Alberta AFB and our next door neighbor flew the Voodoo. The cottage was between Primrose bombing range and the base, so sometimes he would fly right over his cottage, inverted, to check the place out at about 200' AGL. Very loud.

You would hear the noise, but by that time the plane was long gone.

Dez
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:42:42 AM EST
I was going to say the Harrier, but then I remembered the Voodoo. That sucker is LOUD. Made the Phantoms seem quiet in comparison anyway.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:56:03 AM EST
I think once-upon-a-time I read the B58 Hustler was the loudest.

It certainly is the coolest operational bomber we've ever had.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:57:53 AM EST
I just know that when I heard an EA-6B Prowler taking off out of NASP, I looked skyward and said "WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT SOUND!?"
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:58:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By JarheadChiro:

Originally Posted By Stove_Pipe:
AV8B Harrier gets my vote from personnal experiance.




That's #1.

#2 is the A-6.


Semper Fi



I vote A-6 for #1, the Harrier is only loudest while doing it's VTOL thing, the A-6 is/was just loud all the time.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:00:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 10:01:54 AM EST by Charging_Handle]
Never had heard the supersonic props on the F-84 thinkamawhichit mentioned above. But I bet that would be damn loud! I also never had a chance to hear the F-100 Super Saber or F-101 Voodoo in person either. Nor did I get to hear the B-58. but if it's half as loud as it looks fast and bad-ass, it's gotta be an ear buster as well. They were before my time. But I will search the net and see if I can locate some audio clips of them. I bet some are out there.

And yeah, I was mostly speaking of planes that went into active service as fighters or bombers, but anything you wanna mention is cool.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:01:09 AM EST

I can say for a fact that the B1B in burner is pretty damn loud, so is the F-15.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:02:46 AM EST
For my money it is the B-1b on full afterburn take-off.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:04:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By Waldo:
I can say for a fact that the B1B in burner is pretty damn loud, so is the F-15.



Oh yes, that they are. I'd almost forgot the B-1B, as I just saw one of those fly over every now and then. They weren't as common as the B-52's on this low level route. But damn, when they did come over, you knew it. LOL. And if you didn't look out ahead of the sound, it was too late to see it. Those things could boogie to be so damn big.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:10:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 10:11:47 AM EST by DPeacher]

Originally Posted By gotm4:
When I lived in K-Bay HI as a kid the USMC was still using the F4 Phantoms, not really bombers but damn them things were loud. I agree with another poster A4s are plenty loud too.



Ha ha!! I worked on F-4's at K-Bay from 86-88. It didn't help that the end of the runway had the exhaust pointed directly at Kaneohe and the sound bounced off the bay and then echoed off of the Kulau's.

Phantoms had more bass then Hornets, but A-6's had a very high pitched whine that I found very annoying. B1-B's are loud. I vote A-6's.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:13:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By DPeacher:
but A-6's had a very high pitched whine that I found very annoying. B1-B's are loud. I vote A-6's.



A-6 has a lot of compressor whine. They used to do night hops in W.Va where I hunt. Used to scare the shit out of me.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:15:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 10:23:43 AM EST by Charging_Handle]
OK, I just realized that my thread is worthless unless I share some sounds, so I will search for and add them in this reply as I come across them. So check back for edits. Here are the first two:

F-101 Voodoo
www.lsss.homestead.com/F101.html

F-105 Thunderchief
lsss2.homestead.com/F105.html

Those two use ActiveX but if you close it when it pops up, whatever other program you use to play audio files will play it. I'm using Quick Time for these.

Now sit back and pretend you are on the departure end of the runway. Hehe.

More to come as I find them.

F-14 Tomcat
www.lsss.homestead.com/F14.html

I guess they have all sorts of stuff, but I am being directed to the specific aircraft from the Yahoo search. So just cut the end off the url and check them all out.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:16:43 AM EST
b1 and harrier are the loudes i have heard
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:19:50 AM EST
Gotta be the B1, I experienced that first hand @ Kittyhawk back in december of 2003. I was shouting at the top of my voice, and couldnt hear a damn thing. Shook the earth it was so loud.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:25:12 AM EST
My only experience is with F4s, F15, F18, F16, A6 and Harriers.

Harriers were the loudest, followed closely by the Phantoms.

Comparatively, F15s & F18s are relatively quiet.

I've only witnessed F14s and B1s at high altitudes and they didn't see to be obnoxiously loud.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:26:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
OK, I just realized that my thread is worthless unless I share some sounds, so I will search for and add them in this reply as I come across them. So check back for edits. Here are the first two:

F-101 Voodoo
www.lsss.homestead.com/F101.html

F-105 Thunderchief
lsss2.homestead.com/F105.html

Those two use ActiveX but if you close it when it pops up, whatever other program you use to play audio files will play it. I'm using Quick Time for these.

Now sit back and pretend you are on the departure end of the runway. Hehe.

More to come as I find them.

F-14 Tomcat
www.lsss.homestead.com/F14.html

I guess they have all sorts of stuff, but I am being directed to the specific aircraft from the Yahoo search. So just cut the end off the url and check them all out.




It would help if you had huge speakers w/subwoofer attached to your computer. For the right effect of course.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:29:27 AM EST
The base here used to be a bomber base and for awhile I lived a couple miles north of the runway. B-1's would fly over all the time and when they took off with full after burn the entire house would shake. And this was at least two miles North of the runway! I loved living there... Sound of freedom!

Of course I am bias towards the B-52 and B-1 since my Dad flew both and I have always lived on or near a bomber base.





Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:31:38 AM EST
It's nowhere NEAR the loudest, but when KC-135's take off out of Phoenix, they set off all the car alarms in our parking lot... and we're a mile away.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:35:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By Stove_Pipe:
AV8B Harrier gets my vote from personnal experiance.



Me too. F15 in full afterburner on trim pad is second.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:36:17 AM EST
The B-58 was the loudest I've ever heard.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:39:10 AM EST
This one doesn't qualify as loudest but still a good story. In the early 80's I was working inside a small telco office that was located about 6 miles west of Wurtsmith AFB (Oscoda Michigan). Mind you that small telco office was the old mechanical switching equipment with spring contacts & electric relays all housed inside a concrete block building. Three B52's went over spaced less than 10 seconds apart (something important must have been going on) The concrete floor was vibrating so much it caused the telco switches to start ratcheting in all the bays and caused the lights to dim. Anyone who was making a call got cut off. I later found out the customers in that area "were used to it" because it happend pretty regularly.

That area was just plain spooky area to work in. The jets would be directly over head, if you happened to notice them, and then several seconds later you hear this GOD awful roar.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:40:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Cold_Warrior:
SR-71. (It was going to be a fighter...)

CW



Second this.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:40:21 AM EST
I know it's not a jet/fighter/bomber but the absolute loudest thing I've ever heard at an airport was at one of the Dayton Airshows I went to in the late 80s/early 90s... It was a Herky bird with RATO bottles on it.

I think that shaved a few dBs off my hearing range!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:43:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By wedge1082:
The base here used to be a bomber base and for awhile I lived a couple miles north of the runway. B-1's would fly over all the time and when they took off with full after burn the entire house would shake. And this was at least two miles North of the runway! I loved living there... Sound of freedom!

Of course I am bias towards the B-52 and B-1 since my Dad flew both and I have always lived on or near a bomber base.
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SAC Time
B-52H 61-0029
A friend of mine is crew chief on that jet. His wife (another friend's sister) was the model for the nose art.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:43:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By Shoowallagager:
Douglas F-101 Voodoo.
When I was a kid in the late seventies the Canadian Air force would visit the Payne Airfield in Washington fo the air show. The CF-101's would do a high speed-low level fly over and it was deafining.
The Harriers are also pretty loud. Perhaps because the buggers would just sit there making noise.



Fixed it for ya.
They used fly over my house all the time when I was a kid.

Anybody know of the experimental turboprop that was so obnoxiously loud it made people physically sick? They only flew it twice and it sits at the Dayton air museum now.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:43:30 AM EST
In the early 90s at NAF Atsugi, my friends and I spent many days at the end of the runway..... From what I remember the A6's were usually the loudest. I don't recall any F4s at the time though. I only saw a Harrier once, It seemed real loud during VTOL, but not as loud as the A6 during normal take-off/landing.

My personal Fav was the F14 though.....
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:47:45 AM EST
Found it.






Between 22 July 1955 and 9 October 1956, two XF-84H prototypes (S/N 51-17059 and 51-17060) made twelve test flights. Eleven of the twelve flights ended in emergency landings. Sounds produced by the aircraft's turboprop engine caused nausea and headaches among ground crews, earning the XF-84H the unofficial nickname "Thunderscreech." Though the XF-84H was the fastest single-engine propeller driven aircraft ever built, it never approached supersonic speed. Due to poor performance and high maintenance requirements, the XF-84H never became operational.


Link Posted: 8/25/2004 12:43:01 PM EST
+1 FOR THE SR71 other than that , Id go with the F111 or B1.
Those all made a hell of a racket taking of with afterburner. I got to watch them come and go a few times with my uncle who was in charge of refueling them.


The guys that used to fly the f4s here were loud but thats because theyd "accidentally break the sound barrier" when they got over the national forest. That is until they got their balls busted for it.

Im just curious about the Raptor. Those engines produce some serious thrust, Id like to see some video of a full afterburn launch of one of those.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 12:47:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 12:50:32 PM EST by booniedawg]
Gotta say AV8 also, could stand on the AF side of Kadena and hear it on the Navy side! Or B1B saw an inflight emergency once and when his escort pulled up it rocked Kirtland.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 12:51:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By Stove_Pipe:
AV8B Harrier gets my vote from personnal experiance.


+1
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 1:36:50 PM EST
Nothing is as loud as a SR71 on takeoff but the FB-111 and B1B came close
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 1:42:30 PM EST
Well, this 'unmanned bomber' would have certainly been a contender, had it ever made it into production:



Project Pluto: (SLAM, The 'Flying Crowbar')

"Since the missile would be launched from U.S. territory and had to fly low over America's allies in order to avoid detection on its way to the Soviet Union, some military planners began to wonder if it might not be almost as much a threat to the allies. Even before it began dropping bombs on our enemies Pluto would have deafened, flattened, and irradiated our friends. (The noise level on the ground as Pluto went by overhead was expected to be about 150 decibels; by comparison, the Saturn V rocket, which sent astronauts to the moon, produced 200 decibels at full thrust.) Ruptured eardrums, of course, would have been the least of your problems if you were unlucky enough to be underneath the unshielded reactor when it went by, literally roasting chickens in the barnyard."
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 1:43:00 PM EST
The Cessna A/T-37. A tiny little jet that will make your ears bleed when it taxi's by.
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