Today while I was in my back yard by my stream, about 3:30 ish, I heard about 3 fighter jets pass over at what sounded like a somewhat low altitude. A few minutes later, I heard another 3 or so. I didn’t get to see them because there were many low lying clouds. Sounded like they were headed south and then did a 180 and headed north. I’d love to find out what this was.
How do you know there were 3? (as opposed to 2 or 4)? I see enough fighters that I can usually pick out what they are (at least between 15/16/18’s - the usuals coming through CHS) just by the sound, but if there’s more than one, I couldn’t tell you if there were 2,3 or 5…
I’m not positive, but it sounded like one passed, then another, and then 1 more. But you’re right, it could have been 2 or 4. I don’t have enough experience with fighters to tell what they are by the sound.
Sorry - didn’t realize you meant they passed overhead a few secs apart (as opposed to how they usually travel). Must had just taken off from somewhere close - if not, they were probably travelling several miles apart at the speeds they fly.
It’s totally possible to identify the number of aircraft by sound.
I live under the flight path of Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. The base operates mainly A-10’s and C-130s, neither of which are particularly loud. But the AZ National guard flies F-16s out of TUS airport just across town, and they often visit the AFB as well.
I’ve gotten to the point where I can pick out the sounds of the individual engines on the C-130s (so I can differentiate them from other turboprops) or on a flight of F-16s; I was in colorado for the 4th of july, and there a flight from the Colorado national guard that overflew the city. I wasn’t even near the windows, and had no chance to see them, but I asked my friend, “did we just get overflown by a flight of 4 F-16s?” Spot on.
I don’t doubt you squigish, I’m just not up to that speed yet I guess. Here at CHS, we have mostly C-17’s, but have various military transients come through so I get my practice at identifying by sound. About a week ago, we had some family over and a C-5 made an especially low pass over the house. One of them remarked that it sounded like a plane was about to crash, to which my girlfriend said without missing a beat “Oh, it’s just a C-5”. Now I know the C-5 is probably the easiest aircraft to identify by sound, but it was one of my proudest moments - I almost cried!
Two years later, and the same thing happened. This time I did see them, and can almost guarantee they were the Thunderbirds. They flew over, in formation, probably about 4 or 5 times, probably about 15 minutes apart. My guess is they were going from the Atlantic City Air show, up to NY for Air Force week.