posted on Jul, 3 2008 @ 03:57 PM
Hmm... one of my classmates from A-school got stationed at Whidbey (if I remember correctly) - I could ask him what he knows about it. But likely
anything he could tell me (even if he was not involved with it) wouldn't shed any light on it.
I know the B-2, when flying low and under certain throttle settings, makes a hell of a lot of racket, and can be heard for a few dozen kilometers. I
hear it quite often at night when I go outside.
Though many fighters, when training for "dogfights" make all kinds of "strange" noises when they are off in the distance. Part of it is Doppler
effects, and part of it is the supersonic jet exhaust - which just has a very unique sound (often unique to the model of the engines) and one that
brings my soul to life when I hear it. It's a very sharp and deep roar or rumble that can be mistaken for distant thunder.
Though it doesn't sound like thunder that originates very close to you - that's closer to a sonic-boom.... and most residential and commercial
airspace is not supposed to have aircraft achieving supersonic speeds through it. While aircraft that don't exist can bend the rules a little.....
it does draw a lot of attention that isn't necessary.
Now, out over the ocean.... that's another story. Mostly why I joined the Navy - pilots are pretty much free to open their aircraft up out there -
thus everyone in the aviation community gets more experience... not to mention the Navy pretty much carries out all of the combat sorties, anymore....
the Air Force gets called the "Chair Force" for a reason
Though I would doubt the F-22 would receive such engines. Not only is the F-22 a dead bird (no need for it, and Lockheed botched the whole project) -
but it's also made of composites -- which break down above a certain temperature range. The engines would cause the thing to disintegrate in
mid-flight.... which is just not cool. And if you are going to re-engineer the F-22 to take such temperatures, you might as well engineer a different
airframe that has less drag and is designed to perform at the higher airspeeds.