Klm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6921 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?
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6909 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.
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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Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6680 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.