This letter describes how a landmark 1960s supersonic jet noise experiment influenced subsequent noise models. A discrepancy in other researchers' application of Potter and Jones's axial decomposition of the sound power generated from a laboratory-scale jet can be traced to an erroneous plot in the original report. Whereas most jet noise research indicates the dominant sound power is generated upstream of the supersonic core tip, propagation of this error in the ubiquitous NASA SP-8072 report has caused rocket noise modelers for five decades to disproportionately allocate sound power generation to the subsonic flow.

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