We live on the NC coast with Marine bases to the north and south of our house. Besides the aircraft noise, the Marines really get going now and then dropping bombs that will shake the window panes. Actually the whole house.
Around here, we call that the sound of freedom. Gives me a good night's sleep.
We were camped in Navarre, FL (panhandle) and heard that whapwhapwhap - then explosions/high-speed machine gun fire, etc. Sounded like it was happening about 1 block away - EEEEKS!!!! Come to find out, Eglin Air Force base is where they develop weapons; and we were being treated to a night-time "battle" that lasted all night.....
Our home for 22 years, before fulltiming, was near the Peason Ridge Training Area in Louisiana. Until England AFB closed, we were on the approach path to the impact area for the A10 "Warthogs" (tank killers.) They flew very low and slow, sometimes circling our community, on their way to complete their life fire attack runs. I usually enjoyed hearing and watching them flying overhead. And, I am very happy that they exist!
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I was at the OBX last year, camped at the NPS CG at Frisco. I was trying to nap one afternoon when I heard a helo. No biggie, I refueled plenty of the dang things in the Navy off the coast of 'Nam. I kept hearing it, tho'. Figured maybe the Coasties were searching for a lost boater. Raised up from the couch, looked out the windows, couldn't see it, but kept hearing it. Finally got up and went outside. Dam'! It's a V-22! Grabbed the camera in time to snap a few pix as it started away.
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There is a Coast Guard station at Waukegan Airport, about two miles West of
Illinois Beach SP.
When a chopper went out on an SAR mission, they flew directly over the campground.
If the sound didn't wake me up the radio traffic on Channel 16 (156.8 MHz.) did.
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Just Saturday, I was watching the C130's returning after dropping Airborne School jumpers at Ft Benning. Our family farm, where we often camp, is directly across the river and directly in the flight path for the birds. They are still just above treetops when they come over. Yes, I thought the sound was definitely inspiring and sounded like freedom.
We lived in Imperial beach, for a long time, that is south of North Island Naval Air station, in San Diego, right under the flight path, to the naval base.
Loudest aircraft, F-4 Phantom, E-3 Vikings, they have a very distinkt WOOOOPPP, the F-18 Hornet and the new F-18 Rinos, all Navy and Marine helicopters, P-3 orions both navy and customs, the Cobra gunships, now we we have the V-22 ospreys, C-130 hercules, we also have Coast Guard San Diego Satation, and we have the helicopter practice heliport, of Ream Field to the south.
We also get the C-5A Gallaxies and the new one I belive they are the C-117, saw the Russian Antonov six jets land at North Island, watched Air Foce one several times.
Watched the 100 year aniversary, fly over by the navy, from Coronado Isalnd, The entire wing from the USS Carl Vinson CVN 70, flew over, would not want to be in receiving end of that.
I can tell what is flying over by the sound. We also have the Border Patrol Helicopters, the most impresive, is watching the Navy Seals, parachuting into the bay from the C-130, or jumping from the SH-60 Sea Hawks, all I can say is, it is the sound of freedom.