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What Was The Noisiest Airliner Ever?  
User currently onlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 4595 posts, RR: 29
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 12561 times:

The question is pretty self-explaining... Which airliner was the noisiest ever? Was it the Concorde, the Tu-144, the Bac 1-11, the 707 with turbojet engines, the DC8, the Coronado, the Comet or another airliner?

I know that the operational noise levels for takeoff, sideline and approach are stated in Jane's for most airliners of today, but do there also exist Stats for the 727, the Bac 1-11 and so on?

I only know that the operational noise level for Concorde at takeoff was something about 120 EPNDB, which is very loud.

So, which one was the loudest? And which one is the loudest still flying?


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 12527 times:

You forgot the Caravelle, which wins in my book. I have seen almost every kind of commercial jet less Russian, takeoff, taxi and land and the Concorde on take off, along with the Caravelle is the noise king.

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User currently offlineYULMRS From France, joined Mar 2005, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 12524 times:

Having heard the Concorde many times ... The olympus were really noisy ... Much more than a 747. His taking off in CDG were incredible

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User currently offlineNewkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 12511 times:

The Concorde was loud, but based on what I've read on the few TU-144 reports here, it had to be louder!

User currently offlineNotarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 12494 times:

Of course, the SST jets were the noisiest ones around... however, they are a bit off-competition, I'd say!

I have heard most of the jet airliners (with the exception of the Comet, the VFW-614, the TU-104 and a few others) but my favourite is the BAC One Eleven... and this by far!

707s, DC-8s and Convair 990s were quite noisy as well, so were the Caravelle and any early jetliner. But the BAC One Eleven was the ultimate "noise maker".

User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 12431 times:

Too bad we can never hear any of them in their original noisiness .....Except maybe the RAF VC-10s.....Altho a hushed BAC One-Eleven isnt really hushed all that much...LOL.


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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 12421 times:

The loudest I ever heard was a Concorde, but according to others, TU-144 passangers needed to pass notes to each other because of the noise.

As to my current spotting days at LGA, MD-80 is the loudest plane there  Smile

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User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 12385 times:

The 727 was pretty loud, and from what I remember... the DC-10 was pretty loud.

User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 12355 times:

Without a doubt, the loudest aircraft ever for the occupants has to be the Britten Norman Islander. I rode on one out to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan one time and the pilot was stuffing cotton in his ears before he put on his ear protectors.....I thought it was going to be bad....it was.....sitting no more than four feet from the exhaust stacks...when the engines came up to full chat for takeoff the sensation was akin to a nice, freshly sharpened Dixon Ticonderoga being shoved in your ear canal....20 mile trip gave me a damned migraine it did.

But for outside? Either the Boeing 720 or maybe a Viper powered HS125....although as our colleague remarks the Caravelle was a damned fine Gallic effort there.

User currently offlineOrdpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12200 times:
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The Vickers Viscount and FH-227 win in my book.....the whine of those turboprops could cut right through you!!!

User currently offlineB2707SST From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 1386 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12203 times:

The FAA has a very handy database containing certified noise levels for every aircraft and engine combination certified in the US and many foreign models as well.


According to them, the winners are:

Takeoff: Boeing 747-200 w/ JT9D3A (110 EPNdB)
Sideline: Boeing 727-200 w/ JT8D-17RQN (104.7 EPNdB)
Approach: Douglas DC-8-63 w/ JT3D-3B (108.5 EPNdB)

Takeoff: BAe/Aerospatiale Concorde w/ Olympus 593 (119.5 EPNdB)
Honorable Mention: Antonov AN-124 w/ D-18T (109.9 EPNdB)

Sideline: BAe/Aerospatiale Concorde w/ Olympus 593 (112 EPNdB)
Honorable Mention: Ilyushin IL-86 w/ NK-86 (104.2 EPNdB)

Approach: BAe/Aerospatiale Concorde w/ Olympus 593 (117 EPNdB)
Honorable Mention: Ilyushin IL-76 w/ D30-KP (108.9 EPNdB)

The TU-144 is not in the database. It used turbofans instead of turbojets, so its exterior noise might actually have been lower than Concorde's. Interior noise is a different matter.


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User currently offline707lvr From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week ago) and read 12159 times:

Those stats are pretty good, but we should give an honorable mention to Alaska Airlines' flight 7095, SEA-ANC at 0230 nightly. The best 737 on this run I believe is an old 5X previously owned 732 originally from Air Zaire. Some nights when it is otherwise quiet, I listen to guess how long after takeoff I can still hear it. The sound generally fades just before it reaches Anchorage.

User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 6148 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week ago) and read 12128 times:

I went to school almost directly under the up-river flight path of DCA. While the old 4-engined recips may not have been absolutely the loudest, they took so long to fly past that they seemed noisier. Professors hated them.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12080 times:

B707 with Turbojets.Loudest I've heard.

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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3424 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12071 times:

HS748s (known round here as the "screaming hawker") can be pretty damn loud....


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User currently offlineC172 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12037 times:

I'm surprised people aren't screaming about the stupidity of the thread title... don't mind me.

I believe the Focker F-100 was one of the louder jets back in the day. We would always say "that's a loud Focker!"  drunk 

 dopey c172... what will he think of next? drunk 

User currently offlineDHLSAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12002 times:

When I lived one mile from the end of 27 in SAN, it was the USPS's 727. Was glad to see the air air ops moved to FedEx. Loudest damn 727's I ever heard.

User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 968 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11962 times:
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On takeoff the DC-9 is a real screamer. But the loudest thing on the ground at SDF is, believe it or not, a UPS 757 with Rolls Royce RB211 engines. You can here them coming from all the way down the ramp. They have a rather interesting sound, too. Imagine someone going "Shhhhh" at 100+ decibels. and thats what they sound like when they taxi. However, the PW powered models will creep up on you, they are so quiet.

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User currently offlineClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11958 times:

What about the Grand-daddy of them all...the Comet?
I'm too young to ever whitness one, but I watched a documentary a few months ago about Frankfurt Airport and it was said that in the early days of the jetset, they broadcasted the arrival times of the jets (Comet,Caravelle etc.) over the radio, so that people could prepare for the noise.
With a noise/size ratio the winners in my book are the Yak40 and Tu-134.

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12364 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11913 times:

The old turbo-jets, with water injection (early B-707/720, DC-8, KC-135A/Q, B-52B-G) were very loud, in the area of 125+db. Concorde and TU-144 were also very loud with their ABs.

User currently offlineHenny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11880 times:

Quoting C172 (Reply 15):
I believe the Focker F-100 was one of the louder jets back in the day. We would always say "that's a loud Focker!"

Wow, you are SO clever! To come up with that joke all by yourself... good lord, you are so FUNNY! - And it's so fresh, too, that joke - amazing nobody's come up with that belter before! God,, you're FUNNY!

Any other Weakest Link jokes you want to throw in there, too? Maybe some Titanic jokes?

God, you're so FUNNY!

*rolls eyes*

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User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11741 times:

Loudest airliner ever? Tu-134 wins hands down...

User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1060 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11475 times:

The Concorde is the loudest I've heard, but as I recall the early turbojet 707/720s and DC-8s, along with the 880 & 990 were right there with it, noisewise. The BAC-1-11 and Caravelle were pretty loud too.

Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the 60s, 707s, 720s and DC-8s were the most common types we got. I saw/heard the others during trips to the States to visit relatives.

Cheers, Ralph

[Edited 2005-07-30 16:30:31]

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User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11230 times:

How I miss those screaming VC-10's at LHR - most definitely the loudest subsonic 'liner ever.

User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11122 times:

How come nobody has yet mentioned the Hawker Siddeley Trident? The BAC 1-11 has been mentioned several times with its loud twin Speys Mk 506, 511 and 512s but the Trident had three Speys and, on Trident 3B and Super 3Bm three Speys 512s and a boost engine as well. If all engines were on full power and you are near the aircraft, it was louder than any BAC 1-11 but somehow "characteristic" for an airliner.

Although probably one of the noisiest passenger aircraft on the outside, the cabin was relatively quiet.

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25 PADSpot : VC-10s are frequent visiters here at PAD. They are certainly loader than most other airliners, but not as load as the 747-100. The VC-10s are circlin
26 Airplane : I'll say (not in order) Caravelle 747-100 and 200 720 and 707 DC-8 727-100 and 200 with no hush kits Never heard the Comet, or the Convair 880 or 990
27 ChiGB1973 : Working near ORD, I can generally tell an AA MD-80 series and a NW DC-9 over the rest from the sound. Sure I get it wrong a fair amount of time, but f
28 CWAFlyer : The two loudest I ever heard were the BAC1-11 and non-hush kitted 727's. Loudest period was an Idaho National Guard F-4...flight of two taking off fro
29 Bohica : My vote goes to the VC-10. That thing is LOUD.
30 Flybynight : DC10 is/was very silent for its time. In fact it had the nickname The Whispering Giant.
31 GDB : Whilst Concorde was very loud, it got out of the area fast. I remember VC-10's Tridents, 1-11's as being loud. The worst at LHR in more recent times w
32 Efohdee : 1. Boeing 707: they used to make my windows rattle when I was growing up. 2. Douglas DC-8-60 series : Not to long ago I watched one take off runway 25
33 Post contains images MTChemNerd757 : Sitting on top of the wing of a Saab340 isn't exactly quiet, either. Was in a Messaba 340 in row 4 or 5 starboard window seat. Crazy loud. Moved to th
34 EALSYS1 : Back in 1978 I was rowing in the lakes next to MIA. A 707 freighter took off apparently with a full load and was struggling to take off. The sound tha
35 Eilennaei : Many engine existed options for the Caravelle, including PW turbofans. The original Avons will have been noisy.
36 BCal10 : In my experience Concorde followed by BAC One Eleven/Tu-134. Current noise king (airliner) in UK is surely Boeing 737-200 still flying with Ryanair.
37 BCal10 : If it's loud enough you'll get a heavy vibration sensation in your chest. I've only ever experiened that with Concorde and Phantoms/Tornados. You have
38 M404 : Never heard the Concorde but my vote would have to be for the Caravelle and 880/990 for outside noise. The RR darts on an F-27 can hit a certain pitch
39 Soundtrack : I was in Bahrain in 2003 and saw the VC10 takeoff.... wow it was loud - like 30yrs ago no holds barred loud! ANyone know if these VC10s without hush-k
40 RedAirForce : From the outside, the Concorde...watched and heard it land in nice warm and quiet Barbados...super fast and loud...from the inside, at least for me, w
41 C680 : Subsonic, Pound for pound, its got to be a HS125-400 with the old Viper 521 pure jets. This tiny bizjet would make a 707 sound quiet. It didn't roar,
42 An-225 : You're all wrong. An-22/Tu-114 and Tu-95 are probably the loudest. You will start hearing and feeling the rumble about 3 minutes before you see the pl
43 Dc863 : Tridents, RR Conway 707s were THE noisiest. Current noisies go to 744 RR powered aircraft, ask any resident around LAX at night and any resident near
44 Dougloid : C680 From United States, joined Apr 2005, 62 posts, RR: 0 Reply 41, posted Sat Jul 30 2005 23:43:28 UTC+2 and read 672 times: Subsonic, Pound for poun
45 IsuA380B777 : The loudest I have seen is Royal New Zealand Air Force 727s. But sadly those old birds are replaced by 757 in 2003. I used to jump out of my room and
46 CV580Freak : Being military aircraft the RAF VC10's are not hushkitted and still operate to and from Bahrain. Try standing behind one trying to work when they fire
47 RC135U : That's what I've heard too. I understand NATO & US pilots who went out to intercept and escort TU-95 Bears found their noise pretty uncomfortable. Mu
48 Lightsaber : Best Link in a long time! Thanks Lightsaber
49 Douglas7Seas : Froim the outside, the military version of the DC9, the C9 is really noisy. The high pitch it reaches, even before is starts moving is enough to rattl
50 Post contains images FoxBravo : The Concorde was the loudest I've heard, although the louder subsonic types (early 707s, Caravelles, 1-11s, etc.) were before my time. The BA and AF C
51 Silver1SWA : I have visited the In n Out at LAX many times and the one plane that makes the most noise has to be the Aero California DC-9s. Holy cow...those thing
52 777ER : For what I have experienced, I would have to say the B727 on take off
53 Greasespot : ahh noise...nothing like sitting on top of the number 3 pod on a 727-100 looking for bleed leaks while the engines are static run for 5 mins at take-o
54 Coronado : Whispering Giant? Bristol Brittania is the right answer. DC9-30-40-50 do stand out nowdays in the Db level here in Eagan MN (4-5 miles south of MSP).
55 Brons2 : In my personal experience, BAX's DC-8-60s pre-Stage 3 used to make my walls rattle.
56 Planekrazy777 : I'll gor for the VC-10, on a cold yyc winter they sure seem to make the ground shake. VC-10 what a bute.
57 Flyinround731 : I'm a youngin', no Convair 990s or DC-8s here. The loudest planes that I ever hear or heard fly over my house on the 12R approach to HOU are the now r
58 Philb : The AN-22/TU-95/TU-114 have been mentioned and, having seen each type land, take off and overfly, I wouldn't put them in the noisiest aircraft categor
59 NASCARAirforce : Although not an airliner, but almost big enough to be a small airline jet- the Gulfstream 2 was one of the loudest planes I have heard on take off. Wh
60 Post contains links Washfam : Check out this thread for some good info on noisy aircraft. Whats The Loudest Aircraft In The World? (by PIA777 Nov 26 2003 in Civil Aviation)
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