Flying Fortress
Frequency-Shaped Propeller Aircraft Cockpit Noise Generator
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The noise, without the war

In 1944, before the dawn of the jet age, war birds ruled the skies. Powered by the hum and thrum, and shake and rattle of piston driven propellers, they thundered ever onward to their targets. Their names: the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Super Fortress, Lancaster and Liberator, are still familiar seven decades later!

Turn off the lights, put the headphones on, and crank volume up. Strap yourself into the pilot's seat... and fly back in time!

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  I love this generator. I'm a pilot and love setting this up without the radios and then opening another window to and listening to LAX Approach traffic. It's got the droning of the props for the noise cancelling of the office, but the dash of realism from the real ATC chatter (instead of the November November stuff). Try it with your local airport ATC!

  ← Mech' cockpit noise with fan and engine. Feel free to turn on the radio.

  Really helps when I have to focus!!! Thank you .

  I have ADHD I don't know how I would get my homework done with out the Flying Fortress noise generator. Its just awesome in and of it. Best thing ever

  Someone mentioned that "remember remember" was said. It was actually "November November ... Delta" phonetic alphabet used by military and other transportation oriented industries.

  Perfect for fantasy writing. "It is a cold night, I sit in the airship with my headset on, listening carefully. I hope to hear nothing. As long as there is silence, the mission is going well. Still, I prepare myself mentally for my David screaming in my ears. For now, there is silence. For now... I may relax..."

  Can't thank you enough for creating and sharing this site. I use my Flying Fortress to shoot down stress... read, sleep, surf, relax.

  The voice isn't saying 'remember, remember, it's saying 'November, November' which is the military phonetic alphabet word for the letter 'N', Simulating real radio traffic... so don't be creeped out. But it is distracting if you are trying to go to sleep. Just turn down the radio portion :-) I love the deep prop noise. I am a pilot, and it reminds me of all the years I flew Airmail.

  This worked great! Until I realized one of the voices was saying, "remember, remember" and became creeped out.

  This setting plus 'Ride of The Valkyries' makes it feel like you're in a movie, getting ready to go bomb the bad guys.

  I set mine a little more 'modern' I guess, like a patrol plane flying over a colony planet that was taken by an aggressive species. Just a small crew, flying in the dark, while bombings can be heard in the background.

  Nice drone, with a bit of prop and radio sound.

  Sitting in the cargo Bay

  This is amazing if you listen to it with 'The Ride of the Valkyries'.

  Our new 'open office' environment or the cockpit of a B52 bomber? Hmmm.... Well, it's really no contest - the B52 bomber is so much quieter! I just put on my headphones, crank the volume up on high, and it almost drowns out the noise around me. If someone could just kick this up a notch and add the sounds of "bombs bursting in air" then I think I might be able to actually focus on my work.

  This is one of my favorites. I like grey noise, and this is like a more growly version of it. Soothing noise blocking that doesn't put me to sleep.

  I am thoroughly impressed and completely immersed in this site. The possibilities seem limitless. represents the apogee of the human experience with beneficial ambient sounds. Sean S.

  This is so beautiful, it makes me feel weightless.

  Communication bunker of the highly secret base. Far away from the front line, we observe every kills and deaths of our fellow airmen.

  I've always loved the sound of radio chatter as a background noise. I find it both soothing and invigorating, like a good strong tea. I have also loved the sound of prop planes for the same reason. This has both and it is absolutely perfect! I alternate between radio w/props, and props only. These particular sounds also hit the mark, with just enough static in the comms, and good variation w/props

  Best for concentrating!!!! Don't know what I would have done without this!!!

  Oh my god, play "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" theme on this. It's like you're in the formation on the way to a target with high hopes.

  Hands down, Flying Fortress is my favorite because it's the best to focus on my work and to cancel noise at this office with earplugs. But it would be better if there's a larger variety of radio talks.

  This sounds like a night bombing formation, circa 1943.

  ← Flying in a rainstorm

 Just the sound of being in a loud prop plane.

  I don't know why, but this simple sound with almost nothing but one slider is really calming to me.

  Luxury cabin ambient sounds, wouldn't call it noise. Makes reading easier, sound as friend.

  This feels like you're on a live mission, manning the commo grid.

  This is perfect, just what I need to cancel out most of the sounds while I'm studying. Added in a little radio noise to break the monotone of props.

  This setting is just about right for a GA aircraft with the pilot-side window open... Lots of wind noise, and most of that power tuned out. Great for planning between flights and "couch flying"!

  Combine this with the shortwave radio = Perfect for imagining yourself being in the actual thing, listening to radio orders!

  Love this one in combo with Trip of Mind and Jungle Life to get a sweet outer-space-retro-spaceship-crashed-on-a-jungle-planet kind of vibe.

  This is one of those sounds you can listen to in the background of almost everything and it's just so comfortable to hear.

  THIS is my new white noise to sleep by! Fantastic! And as a working crew member of Texas Raiders B-17G based in Houston, I can tell you this is very close to what it sounds like with a David Clark headset on and radio volume turned off when catching a cat nap on a long flight. Very relaxing.

  I love sound masking noises, they help me with anxiety and they help me sleep. And the bomber sounds are fantastic. It's also sounds cooler when I explain to other guys 'yeah, I find the sounds of war machines relaxing.'

  This particular soundset reminds me of flying in a formation pattern, riding along on a journey home, waiting to return to a tent on the middle of the airfield.

  I am a retired RCAF in second carreer. This is awsome and my favorite sound when I study or writing work. Just brings me back where I once loved to be.

  I fly (not this type of plane) but this is what is sounds like...

  This noisescape sparks my imagination. It makes me wonder about life of the bomber's crew and about life they will take by weapons. About brilliance of human mind, that could find the way to travel through air. And about the bomb. If she was alive, what her thoughts would be like: I don't wanna die or I will kill them all?

  I would so sample this if I could get permission. This is pretty spooky.

  Some flak would be interesting. Anyway, I love it!

  ← a great Cockpit view sound, more realistic and its great!!

  I've been using this when revising for my history A-Level exam and it almost makes the process enjoyable! So atmospheric!

  I honestly love everything about this. It makes me feel like I am a radio bombardier in an actual flying fortress. Though part of me does wish there was a slider for exploding flak rounds, it's still fantastic.

  I love this sound. It makes it sound like I'm en-route to somewhere exciting, which is perfect motivational material for getting me through my homework. Because in the end, as a college student, that's exactly what's happening.

  ← This with Rain and Wind noise.

  I was surprised to find that with the radio noise turned all the way off, this setting sounds just like an old AC unit: a sound that puts me to sleep faster than just about anything else. It reminds me of spending the night in hotels when I'm traveling -- even if the rest of the accommodations are a little run-down, I always get a good night's sleep if I'm next to the air conditioner.

  As a 16 year old boy this is my top noise generator, I absolutely love it and use it all the time. I hope to see more planes here. I love using this whilst revising.

  This with the rain sound 'under the porch' and the wind sound 'howling wind' makes an awesome combination.

  A bit creepy. Makes me feel not like a hero, but like a victim, cowering in a crowded bunker, anxious where the bombs will hit. Still, a great page, just this particular noise is not for me :)

  Thank you for creating this amazing B-17 Flying Fortress Propeller atmosphere. It's astonishingly soothing and my new favorite. My husband showed no interest in the other noise generators, but he LOVES this one. It helps him concentrate at work while giving him a feeling of being a WWII fighter pilot. It's more than a noise generator -- it's the sound of a little boy's daydreams.

  ← Fighter escort

  Modified B-29 - Plane Lover's Ambience

  ← This is basically the 'Very Loud' preset without the communication noises and a bit less loud. Anyway, it sounds a lot like the electronic fan at a certain place I often go to in summervacation. This sound replicates it better than the sounds in the 'Fan Noise' section.

  Fantastic Stephane! Best heard in the dark and at a volume level of a mild earthquake in your head....... chocks away!

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B-17 Flying FortressB-29 SuperfortressOpen BayCockpit ViewNight BombingHoverflyATC CommsWW2 ArchivesThe Real Thing !!! very LOUD


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Each slider controls a particular audio stream. Adjust sliders to taste and mood.

Unlike the other sound generators, this soundscape is not calibrated. This means that sliders are not associated to exact frequencies and that the generator's output will not turn into a pink-like spectrum when sliders are horizontally aligned.

The Animate! button turns the soundscape into an slowly evolving texture. Use this feature if you intend to listen to the generator over a long period of time.