->''"Engines are out, steering jets are on the fritz, and someone's fitted us with a Stuka dive-bombing siren!"''
-->-- '''Captain Proton and the Planet of Lesbians'''

In media, when something - usually a plane, but it can be something else - is diving, crashing or otherwise swooping, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObJV_PITRjA a gradually-rising mechanical scream]] that climaxes in a shrieking crescendo is often applied as a sound effect. This StockSoundEffect originates from a siren (named ''Jericho-Trompete'', or [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Jericho Trumpet"]]), which was fitted to [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German Ju-87 "Stuka" dive-bombers]] in the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar as a [[TheCrocIsTicking psychological terror weapon]] designed to inflict panic on enemy ground forces.

At some point, somebody decided that this would make a ''great'' sound-effect.

A staple of UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar films, it is by no means restricted to them and can be used in conjunction with anything from a crashing civilian airliner to a wheelchair rolling down a slope at high speed.

See also BombWhistle.

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* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. While the protagonists are fleeing along a dry river bed they're attacked by Stuka dive bombers, with the standard sound effect.
* In ''MysteryScienceTheater3000: The Movie'', right after Dr Meachem's flight to meet Exeter takes off, Tom Servo verbally copies this sound effect to make it sound like the plane is stalling and crashing just off-screen.
* In ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', this shows up ''twice'' - once when Doctor Scott's wheelchair rolls down a slope in the lab, and once to the falling "Radio Tower" as it plummets to earth along with [[spoiler:the corpses of Rocky and Frankenfurter]].
* Used in DmitryPuchkov's {{Gag Dub}}s of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films, most often during the appearances of the Nazgūl on their flying beasts, replacing the ear-splitting screech. The dubbed dialogue specifically calls them "Messers" (i.e. Messerschmidts). Also appears in the scene with Gandalf and Balrog falling (the one where they first appear falling in a giant cavern with a lake).
* Can be heard in the 1995 Richard Loncraine film just before UsefulNotes/RichardIII's command train is attacked by Lord Stanley's air force. Given the AnachronismStew of weapons and vehicles in this movie (set in a fascist 1930's Britain) it wouldn't be unusual if a Stuka was used, though it turns out to be a twin-engined bomber.
* It can be heard in the James Bond film ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' on both a helicopter and a seaplane.
** And in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' when Bond is trapped in a crashing plane.
** ''And'' in the ActionPrologue of ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'', when Bond can't pull a plane out of a dive.
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* The opening track of PinkFloyd's ''The Wall'', "In the Flesh", ends with a Stuka scream to symbolise the death of Pink's father in the war. [[TheMovie The film of the album]] actually depicts the moment of his death as a Stuka dives on his position, complete with BombWhistle.

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* As mentioned above, the Stuka's famous scream was due to a siren installed in the airplane (either in the leading edge of the wings or on the landing gear). This was phased out in later models because equipping a bomber with an air raid siren proved to be counterproductive once the enemy got over the initial shock. Moreover, the Jericho Trumpet added a fair amount of drag, reducing the Stuka's performance somewhat.
* The American SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber managed to achieve a similar effect using its perforated dive brakes. The holes in the dive brakes, included for aerodynamic reasons, had the side effect of giving the plane a reportedly banshee-like wail sound in a dive, likely leading to its US Army designation: The A-24 "Banshee".