->''"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/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.



[[folder: Film ]]

* ''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.
* TIE fighters emit this wail in the ''Film/{{Star Wars}}'' films, although the expanded universe explains it as the natural sound of their engines. Consistently with this theory, they make the noise ''all the time'' - one wonders if TIE pilots experience tinnitus after flying one long enough.
* 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.
* In the announcement trailer for ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'', the closest we see to combat is a barge full of soldiers ducking when they hear a Stuka.
* A lower-pitched modification of the sound accompanies Hagrid's motorcycle landing at the beginning of ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''.


[[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.


[[folder: Videogames ]]

* ''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 Stuka being historically accurate.


[[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...]]