This sound effect can be found on Hanna-Barbera Sound Effects Library, which was made by Sound Ideas. Possibly rooted from Universal Studios' library as it was used in "Midway" (1975). The whirring sound, also known as "Jericho Trumpets", comes from the Stuka Ju 87 dive bomber--not from its engine straining in a dive, but rather its air-driven "siren" developed to inflict terror on the enemies they approached. Unlike the Warner Bros. airplane dive, the whirring sound, which's higher-pitched than the (original) Warner Bros. recording, unsteadily holds its highest pitch rather than slowly descending in pitch, and it fades out with the loud roar of the engine; the engine's roar can be heard with or without the "siren'.

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials


  • Airplane! (1980)
  • Barney's Great Adventure (1998)
  • The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998) (barely audible for 7 seconds due to the roar of the engine after Blanky turns off Microwave.)
  • Here Come the Littles (1985)
  • The Incredibles (2004) (once, from enemy aircraft, as Dash begins to approach an open field out of the jungle)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) (signature to the airplane falling/diving)
  • Midway (1976) (Heard as pretty much any airplane dives.)
  • Mulholland Falls (1996)
  • Pearl Harbor (2001) (Heard twice--one in a movie newsreel and as the last Japanese one goes down--in reverse and in a higher pitch, if you listen closely by reversing it and slowing it down. A similar sound is subtly heard as the camera follows 2 Japanese dive bombers in one shot.)
  • Pee-Wee's Big Holiday (2016)
  • Planes (2013)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  • Rio (2011) (from a non-Stuka airplane, after Nigel is caught in one of the engines)
  • Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie (2001) (heard in segment "Episode II" as a flying vehicle split in half dives down)
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (Heard as a Clone Fighter spins down, with the "siren" on mainly the right channel and the "roar" of the engine on the left, in reverse--that is, the "siren" descending in pitch and the "roar" increasing in pitch. It might've been heard when Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter goes down too, but is barely audible)
  • The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
  • Von Ryan's Express (1965)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (Heard briefly in the deleted "Pig Head" scene.)
  • Wings (1927, 2012 version) (barely audible due to the roar of the engine, I BigIdeas70258 think, the 2nd time a biplane dives)?


  • Disney Cartoons (Shorts)
  • DePatie-Freleng Cartoons (Shorts) (Heard in the Blue Racer cartoons "Blue Aces Wild," "Aches and Snakes," and "Snake Preview." (1973)
  • Dreamworks Dragons: Book of Dragons (2011) (once, only the tail end/roar of the engine. The Stuka siren is barely audible, but a slightly higher-pitched version of the highly processed Warner Bros. siren plays with this sound)
  • Pink Panther Cartoons (Shorts) (Heard once in "Cat and the Pinkstalk", captioned by Turner Networks as "[ ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! ]"
  • Tom and Jerry Cartoons (Shorts) (heard once in "Much Ado about Mousing" and either "Guided Mous-ille" or "O-Solar Meow" in a slightly higher pitch)
  • The Whizzard of Ow (2003) (Short)


  • Eggos Cereal "Falling Bowl" (Heard as the bowl falls, except when the shadow stops to follow him, along with the air whistling (Sky Rocket Loud High, I think) which is the only sound the captions mention.)


  • Camp Video (Heard in poor, deteriorated quality as the logo/comet flies around the Earth.)

Other Media

YouTube Videos


  • Digimon Adventure 01 (Heard once in "Forget About It!" in the English dub after DemiDeviMon gets pummeled by Patamon's Boom Bubble attack in the sky while on a rollercoaster uphill.)
  • Sonic X (Heard once in "Satellite Swindle.")

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