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#1 akimbo

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:17 AM

This is the second day we are hearing it.  Sounds like a jumbo jet flying overhead.  Did the airport change it's flight path?  I wondered about blasting nearby but they wouldn't be doing it at night.  thanks for your thoughts.



#2 D.L.

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:28 AM

Jets taking off from the US airbase on Whidbey Island - https://maps.google....154324&t=h&z=13



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:28 AM

It's Whidby Island naval air station, they realigned the runway a few years back so it literally lines up with cadboro bay. It's home to the prowler and they are practising carrier takeoff and landing.
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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:31 AM

Jets taking off from the US airbase on Whidbey Island - https://maps.google....154324&t=h&z=13

Looks like more fighter jets in that google maps shot than in the entire RCAF.



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:37 AM

Looks like more fighter jets in that google maps shot than in the entire RCAF.

In fact there are: Whidbey Island NAS is or will be home to slightly over 100 Growler (the Prowler is the older EW jet RJag :thumbsup:); whereas the entire front line fighter strength of the RCAF - all interceptors at all our bases combined - is significantly less, roughly 80 F-18 Hornets as of 2104. The Growler BTW is essentially the same plane, being a variant of the USAF F-18 Super Hornet, simply reconfigured for the EW role.

 

That said overall though the RCAF is relatively well equipped; we have I believe somewhere in the vicinity of 350 aircraft of all types in the inventory making our air force something like the 4th or 5th largest in the Americas.


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:43 AM

I am actually enjoying the rather interesting FB thread on this subject; everything from continuous earthquake activity to the inevitable aliens, to HARP and geo-engineering/weather modification are being offered up as possible explanations for this 'rumble'. The T-C article has been cited and provided as a link multiple times but some people are convinced it is any or all of the above. "Continuous earthquake activity", yet not reported as such by the USGS or Earthquake Canada, is especially amusing...earthquakes apparently lasting for weeks if not months.....really? I'll put my money on the USN - NAS at Whidbey Island thanks.



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 11:30 AM

Coincidentally today is the final day for providing feedback for an environmental assessment of the airfield's operations: http://www.whidbeyeis.com/Comment.aspx


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#8 Bingo

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 11:56 AM

I have lived here for years and have yet to experience the rumblings.

Could it be that some people are hearing the HUM?

 

 

The Hum is a phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming,

rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people.The essential element that defines the Hum is what is perceived as

a persistent low-frequency sound, often described as being comparable to that of a distant diesel engine idling,

or to some similar low-pitched sound for which obvious sources (e.g., household appliances, traffic noise, etc.) have been ruled out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hum



#9 Mike K.

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 12:00 PM

Nah, it's the jets.


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#10 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 12:13 PM

 making our air force something like the 4th or 5th largest in the Americas.

 

That's not exactly impressive. So we shouldn't get into an air battle with Peru?

 

We heard the rumblings clearly in Saanich, even indoors with the TV turned up. Definitely Whidbey's jets, no debate.


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 12:48 PM

 (the Prowler is the older EW jet RJag :thumbsup:);

 

The trials and tribulations of typing on a cell phone mixed with confusion as to which is the new and which is the older.....mea culpa!!!

 

Either way its a heck of a plane and shocking as to how many they have...I gather there are 20 more on order to bring it up to more than 100 just at Whidby.

 

Just walked over Mt Tolmie and you can easily feel the sound vibrations


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 01:14 PM

They were really loud this morning at Esquimalt Lagoon!



#13 Bingo

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 01:32 PM

Good vibrations...

https://www.youtube....h?v=QSLMWasU0rM



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 01:38 PM

That's not exactly impressive. So we shouldn't get into an air battle with Peru?

 

We heard the rumblings clearly in Saanich, even indoors with the TV turned up. Definitely Whidbey's jets, no debate.

I would argue that it is actually particularly unlike most other countries the "military" here has a rather low public profile/priority and commands an even lower spending priority among Canadian political parties of all stripes, even the federal Conservatives.

 

Please explain in that case how and why you would expect the RCAF to command more resources than the 5 air force organizations in the Americas which currently "out-resource" it in terms of assets/resources/weaponry/and aircraft of all types: the USAF (largest on the planet), the USN (largest naval air arm on the planet), The US Marine Corps, the US Army, and Brazil (population 200,000,000+)?



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 01:51 PM

^Oh, you split the US into four. OK, then.


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 02:33 PM

^Oh, you split the US into four. OK, then.

Yes that is the standard methodology when comparing different military branches from different nation states; for the record though the RCAF actually has closer to 400 aircraft meaning it is larger than the other 'America's Air Forces' that one might assume were more capable in terms of operational equipment, including the Cuban, Argentinian, and Mexican Air Forces. And yes for the record the RCAF is larger, by about 50%, than Peru's Air Force.... :cheers:


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#17 Wayne

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 10:47 AM

If it is Whidbey Island, that is 50 Kms away (airport). Long distance to hear aircraft.



#18 D.L.

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 11:03 AM

Low pitched sounds travel remarkably far over water. That's why fog horns are low pitched



#19 Benezet

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 11:10 AM

If it is Whidbey Island, that is 50 Kms away (airport). Long distance to hear aircraft.


It's not so much the airport as the aircraft flying all around the area, particularly over the water between here and there.

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 11:54 AM

Coincidentally today is the final day for providing feedback for an environmental assessment of the airfield's operations: http://www.whidbeyeis.com/Comment.aspx

 

Noise, vibrations, pollution... sounds like a livability cause CARS would like to take on.  


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