->''"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 [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German Ju-87 "Stuka" dive-bombers]] in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] 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/WorldWarII films, it is by no means restricted to them and can be used in conjunction with anything from a crashing civilian airliner to [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow a wheelchair rolling down a slope at high speed]].

See also BombWhistle.



[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/{{Midway}}'' has the SBD Dauntlesses making the decisive run on the IJN Carriers making this sound. Of course, the Japanese crew members on the ships are absolutely terrified and panic in an attempt to shoot them down.
** Justified in that the Dauntless dive bomber used perforated dive brakes, which ''did'' cause a banshee-like wail from air whistling through the perforations when deployed at speed. See TruthInTelevision below.
* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'' has Stukas at the beginning of the film strafing and bombing boats in the Volga River off Stalingrad. Of course, they are making this noise with each run they make.
* ''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 ''Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000TheMovie'', 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 ''Film/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 Creator/DmitryPuchkov's {{Gag Dub}}s of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films, most often during the appearances of the Nazgûl on their flying beasts, replacing the ear-splitting screech. The dubbed dialogue specifically calls them "Messers" (i.e. Messerschmitt). 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 ''Film/RichardIII'' just before King Richard'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.
* Played with in ''Film/JurassicWorld''. Sirens give a RedAlert as pterosaurs swoop down on the packed resort area. They sound more like [=WW2=] air raid sirens than a modern evacuation alarm.
* Used at multiple points in the film ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'', crescendoing to a horrific screech and providing an excellent example of HellIsThatNoise. The very first teaser trailer relied entirely on it, featuring a pier jammed solid with Tommies... then you hear the rising Stuka scream and they all look up in fear.
* A lower-pitched modification of the sound accompanies Hagrid's motorcycle landing at the beginning of ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''.
* Birds, somehow, are capable of this in ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The opening track of Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'', "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.
* The instrumental break in the middle of Eric Burdon & Music/TheAnimals' "Sky Pilot" features one of these, followed by what appears to be a loud plane crash.
* The song "Jericho Siren", whose lyrics deal with Stukas dive-bombing, by Music/Saxon begins with several of these too.


[[folder: Videogames ]]

* ''VideoGame/DayOfInfamy'' plays this straight since there are actual Stuka dive bombers available to the Wehrmacht faction which emits this sound as it makes its drop, giving a clear warning to anyone nearby.
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' has Stuka horns available via MicroTransactions on all empire specific fighters. However, it functions as an airhorn rather than as a function of the vehicle's speed, allowing it to be used when hovering or smashing into the ground upside down. Each ESF also has a unique engine note when moving at high speed, with the New Conglomerate's Reaver producing a high-pitched wail that is not too dissimilar to the Stuka's.
* ''Videogame/WarThunder'' has this on the early model Stukas, being historically accurate. Later models from the D version onward drop this entirely.


[[folder: Truth In Television ]]

* 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".
** Compounding the fact is that Dauntlesses, especially during the Battle of Midway, were used in conjunction with Torpedo bombers. Not only was this a double-headed strike, but it also meant that the Japanese pilots and AA gunners were too occupied dealing with the slow, defenseless Devastator torpedo bombers [[note]] While a little outdated by Midway the Devastator' main problem was the abysmal American torpedoes of the time [[/note]] to notice the Dauntlesses rolling into their dives overhead. In fact, no one even looked up until they heard the banshee wail of the airbrakes, and by that time, [[OhCrap they realized it was too late...]]