OK, y'all are gonna think I'm crazy, but I'd like to place, of all things, the B2
on the list of very loud planes. It certainly doesn't produce the crackling, ear-splitting noise of a fighter using full afterburner, but I swear, when those things did low (it had to be less than 1000 ft) over Warrensburg, MO
, where I was going to school until recently, the noise was simply incredible. Since the B2s are supposedly designed to throw their noise signature around so that it's hard or impossible to hear where it's coming from, it was always hard to spot the planes. But on the rare occasion I spotted one approaching, I was amazed at how silent it was right up until just before it passed overhead, after which it produced a window-rattling, chest thumping, utterly deafening roar that even military jets at airshows can't seem to match for the sheer "size" of the noise.
These events were rare, however. Most of the time, a distant rumble would let me know that a B2
was in the area, and I'd spot a thin black sliver in the complete opposite direction from where the sound seemed to be coming from. Spooky.
Dassault Mercure: the plane that has Boeing and Airbus shaking in their boots.