So I’ve been wondering this ever since I was a kid. When I was a kid we used to get the old Lost In Space episodes every month from Columbia House on VHS (along with Gilligan’s Island and Star Trek TNG). We came across the episode The Keeper, a two-parter. In part 2 there’s a giant alien spider with a shrill howl. Later I watched Star Wars for the first time and instantly recognized the sound from the Tie Fighters. Is it indeed the same sound or is it not?
Here’s the episode. The sound effect is clearly audible at 42:17. (you’ll have to play it at 1.5x the speed)