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EA-6B Prowler: Why So Loud?  
User currently offlineKlm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

I hear many stories about how the Prowler is the loudest aircraft on a carrier deck on launch. This initially surprised me since it doesn't even use burners and its not substantilly larger than the other aircraft. Why is it so noisy, is it something in the type of engine or what?

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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

Unless I am mistaken (and I frequently am) a big reason is the engine.

It appears to be a straight-pipe turbojet where most newer designs have a fan and bypass configuration.

http://www.vaq136.com/ea6b/engine-01b.jpg

Turbojets are almost categorically louder than even low-bypass fanjets. On many aircraft this is especially pronounced at and near idle power. The early DH or Hawker 125 was seemingly louder on taxi than it was on the takeoff roll.



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User currently offlineRAPCON From Puerto Rico, joined Jul 2006, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 5782 times:

Noisy and about as annoying as the shrill the T37's makes!


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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3758 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5728 times:

It is because of it having turbojets instead of turbo fans.

User currently offlineRampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1547 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

The boys from Whidbey do touch and go's at PDX all the time. They are über loud.

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5586 times:

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 2):
Noisy and about as annoying as the shrill the T37's makes!

Yes, there is nothing louder on the deck of a carrier, annoying though? Very debatable. To me, the louder the better, and when your teeth feel like they are about to rattle out of your head, thats a plus. Nothing can replace a flight deck experience. NOTHING.

[Edited 2006-08-03 00:33:23]

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5537 times:

Quoting Klm744 (Thread starter):
I hear many stories about how the Prowler is the loudest aircraft on a carrier deck on launch.

Certainly is a curious nickname given its audibility!

I can definitely attest to the Prowler's volume, aside from Horizon's Dash 8's, they're the only aircraft flying around the Puget Sound area that I can identify by sound.



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