Airplane Noise

Virtually all World War II film was shot silent, MOS is the insider term. So when you watch movies of dogfights and so forth, the burning plane trailing smoke heading for earth, the whining sound is faked. Sweetened is the insider term. I owe this wisdom to Chris Koch and don’t think about this much. But now CNN is on the air covering a plane crash in Buffalo and asking a witness to compare the sound of the plane coming down with those World War Two movies and I’m mumbling to myself again. I mean, not only does he not know enough, he doesn’t even register that the Buffalo crash was a jet and all that faked sound from WW2 on TV he’s seen was prop noise. Lordy.

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