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Capt.Fantastic
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Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 1:25 am

I have to say some of my favorites include the "rumble" created from spoiler deployment during flight

Also the "grunting" of the A320 ... (you know what I'm talking about)
 
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 1:27 am

I enjoy the "drone" of the cabin while in flight. I also like when the FA shuts the door and you hear that air wooshing noise. Almost like the cabin is pressurizing.
 
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 1:32 am

I like the screeching of the tires on touchdown.Especially when you're not too close and you hear it seconds after it happened.

Hearing the vortex is wild too after the plane passes overhead.

Hearing F/A moan in my bedroo...sorry.

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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 1:44 am

I enjoy the sound of engine starts and when the airplane taxis into position and the throttles are advanced to take off power.

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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 1:56 am

I love it when the engines are being revved up for take off. That sound is so powerful.

Reverse thrust is cool too, followed by the 5'11 blond brunette chick with the hot body saying "Oh, I live in Dallas. Here's my number call me. I'll show you around town"


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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 1:58 am

My favourite airliner sounds are:

1. IL86 starting up. That whistling rumble of their NK86s is music.
2. A320 with V2500 engines passing by overhead during downwind or base leg.
3. B737-200 JT8Ds upon take off... you could feel the vibrations in your chest.

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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:11 am

I would pick the sound of thrust reversals on 737 and the 757.
 
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:11 am

My favorite sound of an airplane is the fan jets of a 772 flying a few thousand feet overhead after takeoff. DFW gets a pretty good number of 772s and its so recognizable when they fly overhead. Greatness.
 
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:19 am

I was in STT once standing near the FWD boarding door on a 757 when I heard a plane taking off. The runway there is pretty close to were they park the planes. Anyway, it was another AA 757, and it sounded and looked really cool. I don't really know how to describe the sound, but it sort of growled, like a diesel engine, as it went past. I remember DC-10's used to make that same sound too.

It weird how different engines make different sounds. The 777 makes a wierd high-pitched sound when its taxiing. It kind of sounds like somkeone blowing across the top of an open coke bottle.
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:35 am

-The whistle of the JT8-Ds on a 727, 737-200, etc. while it's on the ground.
-The "whine" of the 757 on takeoff.
-The sound of the flaps being adjusted.
-The F/A call button sound on the A330, which is a lower tone than on other planes.
-Pretty much any engine sound on the L-1011, my favorite being the low groan the engines made whenever they were spooled up.

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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:38 am

Capt.Fantastic: I hear ya on the A320. It almost sounds like little 2-stroke engines are there inside the cowlings with the jets. Very distinctive. From a certain angle, I've heard DC10's make a similar noise as well. Anyone know what makes that grinding sound?
 
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:53 am

I love the whine of the APU and hydraulic system when boarding and deplaning as well as the buzzsaw noise during takeoff on the DC-10. I think it's neat as well to hear the various hydraulic noises associated with the landing gear, flaps, cargo doors, etc. during various phases of the flight.
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:08 am

The feathering of the prop on, say, a DHC Dash-8.... but I'm biased; I was a ramp guy for CRAL for a couple years.
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:09 am

Either an IL62 or L1011 on startup. IL62 beats the L10 though....

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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:16 am

Ok, I think there is a name for this but I don't know what it is. I love the sound of full throttle when you can hear a low "buzzing" noise. I have always loved that noise for whatever reason. It just sounds so powerful and so unforgettable. I loved it most on the L1011 and the A320. I also love the sound of thrust reversers. That sound is just awesome.

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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:18 am

I can tell a 777 revving up for takeoff miles away! That sound makes me shudder. The power those engines have! That's the true sound of an airplane!
 
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:19 am

A 737-300 starting its engines! I was in the jump seat once when they started the engines (and for the rest of the flight... Big grin ) and that sound really made me feel as if we were sitting on a rocket!  Big grin
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RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:28 am

  • The whine of an MD-80's JT8D's.

  • The howling sound of the 737-300/400/500 when it advances power from idle.

  • The whine of the apu when boarding the airplane.

  • When an MD-80 brings back the power when about 20 ft above the runway.

  • A King Air starting up it's PT6's....click click click click......


  • All of these are music to my ears!

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:39 am

    I like the roar of the engines during reverse thrust...its almost like the power is being increased, but the plane is slowing down, know what I mean?  Smokin cool

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:44 am

    The sound of the 777 engines, from the front of the plane, at takeoff.

    Landing gear being deployed, especially in 747 when you're sitting in front right above forward land gear.

    On the 777, the loading of the luggage containers as they slide on the tracks in the belly of the plane.
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:48 am

    Engine start always sends chills through my spine. It's great to sit next to the wing!
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:50 am

    A P-51D flying by (I LOVE the sound of that Rolls Royce Merlin engine)

    The sound a jet makes when it lands and makes contact with the runway.
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:59 am

    I have to say the full throttle whine on 757s and 767s.. I heard it a lot growing up near CVG.
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:04 am

    My favourite sound is that of the Captain (or whoever) pressing the intercom button three times in quick succession which indicates to the crew that the aircraft is 'cleared for take off'-even though the cabin crew will already have been instructed to take their positions. They do it on BA but I haven't flown frequently enough on other airlines to know if it is common practice throughout the industry.



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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:07 am

    C-5 cruising a few thousand feet overhead. I ran out of a pizza restaurant last week to watch one, heard it loud and clear for miles.
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:18 am

    1. L-1011's with those RB-211's HOWLING at t/o!!!!! I miss them so much Crying
    2. Any fully loaded 747 heading for Asia from JFK over Rockaway beach. ie:JL,ANA,NW,UA,Korean, etc.
    3. As stated earlier, A320's on their base leg.
    4. Sitting in 2 or 3 rows ahead of the engine of any a/c during t/o including turbo props. You can look back and see the power you hear from them. Big thumbs up
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:31 am

    777 powering up to 70% N1, then to the full 9&%!!!! The kick in the pants that accompanies is FANTASTIC!
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:33 am

    For me it has to be the early morning arrivals of US Airways Express Dash 8's approaching PHL's runway 17!
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:36 am

    I like the sounds Airbuses and Cessnas. And any other jet engine that makes that nice grinding noise.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:40 am

    Lst year at the airshow, I was down where the performance a/c are, and I listened as the Marine Corps F/A-18s started, and when the Blue Angels started their engines, and if you ask me....there is nothing better than the moan of an F/A-18 engine running up.....or 6!
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:48 am

    i love the way that you start moving without engine power (being towed back) and as you turn onto the line that guides you to the runway all of a sudden theres a slow rumble that gets progressively louder until it breaks into the familier jet sound. i had a nice experience of that on an AIR 2000 B763ER at LGW in Feb this year,
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 9:35 am

    What's going on with you guys???? Are you forgetting the RR Tay engines from a Fokker? NOW... That's music.

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 9:55 am

    I like to listen to the rumbling and shaking of the overhead compartments while the plane is moving on the ground.

    Another thing I love is the cabin chime.
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 9:59 am

    While full-reverse thrust is easily my favorite...

    ..I'd have to say that another gem is the initial engine throttle-back after takeoff--- I can only recall two or three flights (in coach) in which someone didnt get noticeably/audibly upset over it, thinking that the engines were cutting off  Laugh out loud
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:02 am

    I like the startups of turboprops and also the feathering on shutdown. I love turboprops...as cool as RJ's are, I'm sure going to miss all the turboprops they are replacing. I don't care much for USAirways, but I always try to catch USAir express when I can, they have all (or atleast mostly) turboprops.
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:06 am

    N766UA, right on. I lived near Chicopee for many years and at least one of those behemoths out of KCEF flew over our heads every day. It's probably the only a/c I could identify without looking up, but who wouldn't want to look up at a C-5?  Smile
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:08 am

    For me it has to be the early morning arrivals of US Airways Express Dash 8's approaching PHL's runway 17!

    I agree, there's a sound that's distinct to a turboprop that I like. It's most prominent right after pushback at the gate during the aircraft rotation. Its a louder growl that seems to happen at non-full-throttle, but I could be wrong about that. A neat sound that I like about turboprops...although I'd take a jet over a turboprop.  Smile

    If anyone knows what/when causes that sound, let me know.

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:09 am

    ***NOTHING** beats a JT8-D on reverse thrust.Makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:25 am

    "My favourite sound is that of the Captain (or whoever) pressing the intercom button three times in quick succession which indicates to the crew that the aircraft is 'cleared for take off'-even though the cabin crew will already have been instructed to take their positions. They do it on BA but I haven't flown frequently enough on other airlines to know if it is common practice throughout the industry."

    What's up Qantas744? Its actually varies from airline to airline. At AA the CPT just says "Flight attendants prepare for takeoff." as we approach the active runway. Then he'll (or she'll) cycle the no-smoking sign once (which makes that dinging sound) when we're cleared for takeoff which means T/O is imminent.

    One time I was non-reving on the Delta shuttle and I heard a signal that to AA flight attendants means there is an actual emergency and you must get your manuals and prepare the cabin for an emergency landing. Apparently it meant something much more mundane on DL, since nothing else happened. They should really standardize those signals.
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:56 am

    I like the sound of all planes doing takeoff roll( the rumble). The other sounds that I like is the sound right when you get into a plane (expecially a 737-300,757-200 and 747's) and the push back.

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 11:19 am

    Definately the buzz-saw noise, especially on RR engines. Also, the whine of the old low-bypass JT8D turbofans on 737's and such.
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 11:35 am

    I'm definitely a fan of the P&W JT8D when it comes to sounds. I love the whining noise they make and I also love the loud roar they produce when the reverse thrust is engaged. As for cabin noises, I like the humming when the APU is turned on.

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 11:51 am

    I have to say the deep roar of a RR RB211 starting up. A fully load 747 taking off. PW jt9 at take off.
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:38 pm

    Standing in front of a Falcon 2000 or a G-200 during engine start has a very cool sound. I also love to hear a F-28 or a F-100 start it's engines too!
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:00 pm

    The Sound of my C-152's wheels hitting the runway after my first solo flight

    My favorite jet sound would have to be a Bombardier Global express taking off
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:16 pm

    The sound of a Concorde flying overhead. It was the first time that I have seen people stop in the middle of the street and look up. (Paris Early June)

    While that is great, pretty much any plane flying overhead is the greatest sound. To me, it represents freedom.....

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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:12 pm

    I love the very mechanical / wailing scream of an engine - not sure how else to describe it.

    Another great one is the sound of the vortex, especially through a chain-link fence. Next time you go spotting in SLC, try this. There is an official parking lot / lookout area on the south end of 34R. Be courageous and walk out along the bike path / running path until you're standing right in the middle of the south end of 34R. You'll probably get a Delta or Southwest 737 within minutes. The vortex through that fence is outstanding!
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 4:57 pm

    Hehehe

    I have to say that I do agree with the people who liked the "Take Off Imminent" signal - two or three Ding Dongs via the no smoking sign... I suppose it sets off my anticipatory excitement...

    then follows (especially on SAS' DC9s and M80s) the little while of revving up the engines while being stationary at the end of the runway - then a roaring acceleration, and off we go...

    Aaaaahhh....
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:32 pm

    I like the noise the RJ100 makes when it's taxiing.
     
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    RE: Favorite Airplane Sounds

    Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:49 pm

    The four Rolls Royce Dart turboprops on a Vickers Viscount being wound up to full throttle on the ramp.

    A Trident at full throttle on the brakes at the runway threshold just before commencing its take off run (makes a JT8D seem quiet).

    Alas, these sounds are no more.

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