EA-6B Prowler Responsible for Loud Noise in Charlottesville - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News...

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If you heard a loud noise in the sky around 9:30 Thursday night, you were not the only one.

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Stadium Neighbor

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I just figured it was like last weekend when the B-1 bomber scared the bejesus out of us - football flyover again. So I panicked with the planned flyover and didn't worry about the unplanned (and FAA regulations breaking) flyover. I hear there were fans upset about the B1 bomber - said they could feel the heat from it when it accelerated upwards.
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Nov 17, 2012
 
VB Native wrote:
<quoted text>EA-6's (and formerly A-6's) sometimes make strange sounds at low speed. F-4 phantoms were like that too. But they're nothing compared to what an S-3 Viking sounds like at idle.
The F4 had that awesome whistle, I loved the sound they made. Fond memories of 'phoon evacs to Clark AFB!!(Pre-Pinatubo!)
DID YOU HEAR THAT

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It sounded like the same noise that Bruce Springsteen was spewing out recently.
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Nov 17, 2012
 
People around here wouldn't have given it a second thought. But we still look up when the occasional C-5 Galaxy or AWACs plane flies over. F-18's are kinda boring after a while but anything big still catches our attention.
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Stadium Neighbor wrote:
I just figured it was like last weekend when the B-1 bomber scared the bejesus out of us - football flyover again. So I panicked with the planned flyover and didn't worry about the unplanned (and FAA regulations breaking) flyover. I hear there were fans upset about the B1 bomber - said they could feel the heat from it when it accelerated upwards.
I saw them light the burners on a B-1 at a Charlotte race once. It went almost 90 vertical. Cool plane but I wouldn't want to live near a B-1 base. They take "jet noise" to a whole new level.
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Nov 17, 2012
 
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People around here wouldn't have given it a second thought. But we still look up when the occasional C-5 Galaxy or AWACs plane flies over. F-18's are kinda boring after a while but anything big still catches our attention.
Ditto to C-17's
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CvilleGordo wrote:
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The F4 had that awesome whistle, I loved the sound they made. Fond memories of 'phoon evacs to Clark AFB!!(Pre-Pinatubo!)
Problem with EA-6's is they're so loud and so damn slow. The roar after takeoff seems to last forever. I liked the old Tomcats. They were loud too but they were so fast that the roar was gone pretty quickly. Around here F-18's are always practicing "touch and gos", one plane after another, so the noise is constant sometimes.
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BFD Wow an airplane flew over Hoo'ville!
thinking free

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momof3 wrote:
That was the sound of FREEDOM. Enjoy it..and hope the present administration does not cut the military budgets too much, because it will be missle sounds that we will be hearing. I LOVE JET NOISE!
That was the sound of your tax dollars literally going up in smoke. Like we need one those around here.
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Nov 17, 2012
 
da plane! da plane! Hey boss, da plane!
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momof3 wrote:
That was the sound of FREEDOM. Enjoy it..and hope the present administration does not cut the military budgets too much, because it will be missle sounds that we will be hearing. I LOVE JET NOISE!
It's the sound of me not having to pay taxes or not follow laws. Freedom is a trite word used by pundits and politicians to appeal to the nostalgia in us all. Liberty is a more apropos word; followed by the words responsible and conditional.
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"Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real or pretended from abroad.
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The same weapons that protect a nation's liberty are also used to suppress it.
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I hear there were fans upset about the B1 bomber - said they could feel the heat from it when it accelerated upwards.
really? wussies.
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Stadium Neighbor wrote:
I just figured it was like last weekend when the B-1 bomber scared the bejesus out of us - football flyover again. So I panicked with the planned flyover and didn't worry about the unplanned (and FAA regulations breaking) flyover. I hear there were fans upset about the B1 bomber - said they could feel the heat from it when it accelerated upwards.
It's a darn shame they really didn't kick it into high gear, then. People create such a stink over a planned event yet have no idea the amount of far more dangerous stuff that rolls down 29 and 64 as cargo in Semis. I'm glad I have a mountain range separating me from their liberal stupidity.
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It's a darn shame they really didn't kick it into high gear, then. People create such a stink over a planned event yet have no idea the amount of far more dangerous stuff that rolls down 29 and 64 as cargo in Semis. I'm glad I have a mountain range separating me from their liberal stupidity.
Right, and I guess there aren't any semi's rolling down 81, your beyond stupid.
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Nov 18, 2012
 
You're right, 81 has dangerous cargo too. So does 66, 85, 95, 77....Heck, US-1, 301, 11, 60, 250 et al.

All carry trucks that have cargo much more dangerous than the danger caused by a flyover. I left all of them out since they don't run through Mr. Jefferson's fine city.

People are at a football game once, but travel the highways daily.
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You're right, 81 has dangerous cargo too. So does 66, 85, 95, 77....Heck, US-1, 301, 11, 60, 250 et al.
All carry trucks that have cargo much more dangerous than the danger caused by a flyover. I left all of them out since they don't run through Mr. Jefferson's fine city.
People are at a football game once, but travel the highways daily.
SEC games are more dangerous than flyovers at UVA.
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Nov 19, 2012
 
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<quoted text>SEC games are more dangerous than flyovers at UVA.
Meh, I don't follow the foosball. I just make money parking fans' cars in my yard.
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#39
Nov 19, 2012
 
An "instrumental" approach? Was the pilot playing a violin? Cello? Trumpet? It's called an instrument approach, not instrumental. Probably on an instrument flight (IFR) plan and/or in instrument conditions. IFR stands for Instrument Flight Rules or, in the case of US Airways, I Follow Roads.
Pam R

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Ok, this was not just a loud noise. It was frightening! I looked out of the skylight in my bedroom expecting to see a belly of an aircraft! And it sounded like this aircraft was having serious mechanical problems. In fact I was seriously waiting for the impact in my neighborhood!
If the military is going to be training, could they use a different airport or perhaps a different approach!! Flying that low, and sounding like it is about to crash at any moment is not something you want over your town!!!!!!!
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Pam is absolutely correct! I grew up at Rhein-Main Airbase watching C-5's, C-141's, F-4's and numerous civilian airliners taking off from Franfurt INT'L Aport. I've spent a good bit of time over at Oceana watching the F/18s approach and land as well. This sound was much different and a whole lot louder than anything I've ever heard....went over my house.....I ran to the door to listen and was just praying for no explosion...sounded like a jet flying on one motor and needing 2 just to stay aloft..really wonder if there weren't some mechanical difficulties?

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