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Old 09-19-06, 05:41 PM   #1
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Sounds like my house is in the middle of a runway

My house is about 10 or 12 miles away from a decent sized air port. They launch off mostly civilian planes for domestic flights, the full sized jumbo jet usually. So I am used to the occassional aircraft overhead noise, it's never been awful and does not happen more than once per day. I'de like to say it only comes above maybe 3-4x a week.

Well these past 3 days or so, theres been a huge influx of overhead aircraft! And these are not the sound of jumbo jets, its smaller but fast moving planes. Very low, very noisy. The noise is not that bad, I sort of like the noise of fast moving aircraft. But it's the curiousity that is bothering me, what the hell is going on making these fly over? I just had at least 2 loud ones fly over at once a few minutes ago. Another one as I type this now.
Is there somewhere I can go to find out why this is?
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Old 09-19-06, 05:44 PM   #2
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Try here! http://www.landings.com/_landings/pages/ap/ap-n.html
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My house is between a military base and its port, get a lot of air traffic overhead too. Helicopters, jets and who knows what else. Few times a month, but when they do, I swear they're only a few hundred feet up.
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Old 09-19-06, 06:46 PM   #4
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Phantom...if you are near Pease, its probably Air National Guard fighters that have moved here from Burlington. My son told me about it today. There haven't been fighters at Pease for quite a while.
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The sounds of freedom are heard here! Sounds like a local AirGuard unit may have cranked up. I live in the pattern for Fort Bragg/Pope AFB. I can actually tell you what is going over by the sound it makes, and can tell you how many and if they are loaded or not After the eerie silence in the skies after 9-11 I much prefer the noise of aircraft.

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I grew up near the now closed Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine. We were very use to the sound of low flying B-52's and KC-135's.
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Wow, Pease has been a civilian place for quite a while now. That sounds like a realistic explanation Ritehsedad.
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Don't forget the Air National Guard Base at Pease. Check out this article in the Portsmouth Herald.
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we have fighter jets fly over us all the time. It is so ****ing awesome to watch them.
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i used to live next to Elmendorf. They had all the fighters that patroled the US/Russian boarder. man those things where cool. Every now and then a C-5 would fly in, god what a huge plane! you got woken up alot at night.

now i live in green bay where packer fans keep me up
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I saw some giant plane the other day buzzing around, with 2 propellers on each wing. LOoked like some sort of cargo jet.
They are fun to watch for whatever the reason. Plus, I do like the sound of these types of aircraft. Jumbo jets have more of a screech, this is a more pleasant frequency.
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when i grow up i wanna fly a fighter jet.
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when i grow up i wanna fly a fighter jet.
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what crazy person would not whant to strap themselfs into that? Thats 23,450 pounds of power in each engine.
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I saw some giant plane the other day buzzing around, with 2 propellers on each wing. LOoked like some sort of cargo jet.
They are fun to watch for whatever the reason. Plus, I do like the sound of these types of aircraft. Jumbo jets have more of a screech, this is a more pleasant frequency.
That was probably a C-130.
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a c-130 has 4 props
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Reminds me of being stationed at Altus AFB in the seventies. Our barracks
were right next to the flight line. The jet tankers would gradually rev their
engines up (with the brakes on). The excruciating part was thinking that
the screaming banshees had reached their highest pitch only to have them
climb higher still. After endless minutes that seemed like hours, the pilot would
release the brakes and the tanker would slowly creep forward. The poor pilot
would not get the tanker airborne until close to the end of the runway.

A nerve-wracking experience for us as well as the tanker pilot!
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I saw some giant plane the other day buzzing around, with 2 propellers on each wing. LOoked like some sort of cargo jet.
They are fun to watch for whatever the reason. Plus, I do like the sound of these types of aircraft. Jumbo jets have more of a screech, this is a more pleasant frequency.

Small point here, but if it has props, it's not a jet. Most likely a turboprop driven plane like a C-130 or P-3 Orion. Turboprop = gas turbine engine that drives a prop vs turbojet/turbofan engine.

Little Leo: Yes, C-130s and P-3s have 4 engines... 2 on each wing like pc said.

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we have fighter jets fly over us all the time. It is so ****ing awesome to watch them.
Much more fun to be in them, trust me!

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The national guard F-15's fly over work a couple times a week. They're always almost as fun to watch as to listen to (loud has no meaning until you've heard a PW-F100 on afterburner). I'm told they often usually head out to do mock bombing runs around Mt. Hood, making a good show of speed and manuevering.

One time I was out riding and I heard some taking off. I looked over to see a pair turn upward about 70 degrees as they came into sight, then disappear into the clouds (probably about 5000 feet) in maybe 15 seconds. And that was without afterburners!
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I own a house near a commercial airport. Due to the noise, they had authorized limited flight times and "sound proofing" the homes in the area, out of their pocket! It was done just after I bought the house and the previous owners were part of the group that started the fuss. Not only did the quality of life go up for my renters but so did the value of the house!
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I live near Travis AFB. I was out riding during the last Air Show and had a great view of the Thunderbirds overflying the city. We regularly get C5s and C17s overhead, occassionally C130s or tankers, and the odd helicopter or smaller jet. I grew up an Air Force brat, and served in an Army Air Cavalry unit. As my fellow soldiers used to say, I can sleep through anything but quiet. I once woke up in a metal building we were using as a barracks during a Field Exercise next to a mortar range that had been in use all night. My fellow soldiers were all bleary eyed, and I was well rested. Nope, those weren't looks I would want to be on the recieving end of again. My son has tried to sneak up on me to suprise me when I'm sleeping...his mistake? Being quiet. With three kids in the house quiet means trouble.
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I used to work in a 50 year old manufacturing plant that was/is located across the street from O'Hare...literally. It's actually part of the O'Hare expansion project . To this day I am amazed at how close together they run 'em into that place. It was constant landing every 20-30 seconds, and the sound would just rattle off of everything in the place.

The Elgin-O'Hare (a road that goes neither to Elgin nor O'Hare) was awesome to drive at night because if it is clear you can see the planes lined up for miles and miles...almost lighting the way home in the sky.

Now I'm working about 4 miles North of O'Hare and it's much more quiet...for Chicago that is...

At home it only gets bad when the weather is bad and they end up coming in lower.
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I like to sit in the Dining room at the top of the Sea-Tac Holiday Inn and watch the pattern out there. On a clear night you can sometimes see 24+ planes stacked up in the pattern. I have always been fascinated by any form of transportation...and my lovely wife has been a flight attendant for 22 years I have seen full red alert scramble of F-16's out of Myrtle Beach AFB, they were at about 1500' over the ocean when they went supersonic And someone's comment about the loaded tankers At Pope AFB they have this traffic light on the perimeter road at the end of the runway. I found out what for one day. It was red so I stopped (the big Airpoliceman made sure of that!) a fully loaded C-5 was taking off, when it crossed the road the wheels were about 7' off the ground it cleared the 12' fence at the end of the runway by only a few feet. The runway there is marginal for that sized of aircraft. Currently they have C-17's and C130's there. We also have Simmons AAB where they keep the helicopters. Best I have seen so far was a night operation where about 8 Apache's went over our place at full speed at 1500' completely blacked out. Talk about putting the fear of god in someone The only give away was the silhouetes and the chase chopper at 2000' above and behind them running lights.

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The national guard F-15's fly over work a couple times a week. They're always almost as fun to watch as to listen to (loud has no meaning until you've heard a PW-F100 on afterburner). I'm told they often usually head out to do mock bombing runs around Mt. Hood, making a good show of speed and manuevering.

One time I was out riding and I heard some taking off. I looked over to see a pair turn upward about 70 degrees as they came into sight, then disappear into the clouds (probably about 5000 feet) in maybe 15 seconds. And that was without afterburners!
Pishaw... loud is about 10' directly below a J52-P408A at military power. Or an F414 in blower from not much further away. Yes, I said directly below. When you're on a carrier, you're never more than 1000' from anywhere else!

lucky - for the record, the OR guard flies F-15C models, air superiority only. They're not out doing mock bombing runs; they don't have a ground attack mission:

http://www.orport.ang.af.mil/Units/142fw/mission.html

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http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...f-15-specs.htm

We used to go out and fly against those guys for training.
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