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Posted: 3/13/2005 6:46:10 AM EST
www.sptimes.com/2005/03/12/news_pf/Tampabay/Sonic_booms_shake_up_.shtml


Sonic booms shake up area
Navy jets arriving at MacDill break the sound barrier and shatter the quiet of a Friday evening.
GRAHAM BRINK and SAUNDRA AMRHEIN
Published March 12, 2005

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Seminole resident Henry Remi walked outside when he heard what sounded like a series of loud explosions Friday evening.

His neighbor had done the same thing.

"You hear that?" Remi asked.

"Yeah, I heard it," replied the neighbor.

Remi said he wanted to make sure he wasn't losing his mind. He wasn't.

What Remi and thousands of other residents from Citrus to Manatee counties heard and felt was two F-18 jets breaking the sound barrier. The resulting booms resonated from Citrus to Manatee counties.

The two Navy F-18 Hornets arrived from a naval air station in Pensacola and landed about 8 p.m., said Air Force 2nd Lt. Larry Vanderoord, spokesman for MacDill Air Force Base. He called their arrival a "routine landing" and said these planes usually fly faster and lower than typical planes landing at MacDill.

The jets, based out of California, were scheduled to take off again today or Sunday.

"They are very fast, and when they come in, they're very loud," Vanderoord said.

The shaking registered on the U.S. Geological Survey seismograph in Orlando, measuring 2.7 on the Richter Scale, the equivalent of a weak earthquake. Central Florida is not an active earthquake area, said USGS duty officer Madeleine Zirbes.

"They did see it register," Zirbes said from Denver, Colo. "They thought immediately that it could be a sonic boom."

The blast prompted hundreds of calls to area newspapers, TV and radio stations and local authorities. Many residents headed outside to find out why their homes were shaking.

Remi has heard the double boom that comes when space shuttles re-enter the atmosphere. On Friday, he said it sounded more like five or six booms in a row.

"I never heard so many booms come as rapidly as that," he said.

Carrollwood resident Mark Thatcher heard the rumbling over the noise of his television set.

"It just sounded like an airplane really close," he said.





So my question is... Will someone be getting their ass chewed for this?
Personally, I don't have a problem with it, but when a few hundred people call the police, news, etc, you can expect someone will get in trouble.
I am under the belief that there is a certaiin distance from the coast that they must slow down below the threshold to cause sonic booms.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:52:21 AM EST
Here in Warner Robins, we get to hear sonic booms almost every day from F-15's. I love hearing the sound of Freedom.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:52:41 AM EST
I personally haven't heard a sonic boom in many years. I used to hear them all of the time when I was growing up in Barstow, Calif(about 130 miles north of Los Angeles). The whole building would shake for a moment, then you say "oh it was a sonic boom," and you go back to whatever you're doing before the boom.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:53:19 AM EST
They probably broke a reg or two doing it, but if there was no damage there probably won't be a whole lot of fall out over it.

I was at an airshow a long time ago at Sheppard AFB when an F15 went supersonic in a dive right in front of the grandstands and took out most of the windows on the flightline. That was awesome!
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:56:57 AM EST
I bet the pilots were snickering after they found out how much commotion they caused
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:09:03 AM EST
Could have been an intercept they aren't talking about.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:11:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Could have been an intercept they aren't talking about.



Of who?

Ze Germans?
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:21:07 AM EST
"Remi said he wanted to make sure he wasn't losing his mind. He wasn't."

Yeah, because that's what I immediately think when I hear a loud noise.

G23c
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:32:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By warlord:
I personally haven't heard a sonic boom in many years. I used to hear them all of the time when I was growing up in Barstow, Calif(about 130 miles north of Los Angeles). The whole building would shake for a moment, then you say "oh it was a sonic boom," and you go back to whatever you're doing before the boom.




My aunt lived on the flight path for takeoffs from Andrews AFB. Back in the "bad ol' days" if a plane was going to go supersonic on takeoff, it did so right over her house.

Whenever we'd hear a jet everybody would pile out of the house to see what kind it was.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:36:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheCynic:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Could have been an intercept they aren't talking about.



Of who?

Ze Germans?



Cubans
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:38:38 AM EST
Sounds like it was worth a days pay!
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 8:11:05 AM EST
I remember on 9/11 I got home from work after hearing about what happened in NY... I had neverheard a sonic boom and i guess the presidents plane was getting ready to pass over Ohio, specificaly the Dayton area. Wright-Patt AFB apparently scrambled 2 F-16's to intercept and escort the presidents plane over Ohio and in doing so they broke the sound barrier to catch the presidents plane. It literaly scared the crap outa me considering what I had seen on the television about NY, and then hearing these two explosions near downtown Dayton.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 8:40:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2005 8:41:09 AM EST by Happyshooter]
Up in Traverse City one summer a few years ago the Blue Angels were doing their annual show for Cherry Time and the run over and then away from the crowd was over the downtown shopping district and required running down a rather (for Michigan) steep ridgeline and then over downtown and then over the crowd at lakeshore and out over the bay.

The 130 did it with no problems, as did the F-16 from the guard, but the Blue Angel solo who had to fly the route broke the barrier just over downtown and shattered a whole lot of old style glass display windows.

The local merchants realized that they were getting a million extra shoppers over the week thanks to the festival, so they shut the hell up and fixed the glass PDQ.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 8:48:57 AM EST
The sight and sound of the planes is one of the greatest things to witness. We get them here every so often and they have been close enough to the ground over our house that I could see the pilot and read most of the plans markings. Scared the shit out of us while we were swimming last year. But awesome, non the less..
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 8:52:28 AM EST
I remember an F-16 breaking the sound barrier at an air show i was at when i was probably 7. Very cool, very loud. I wish i could see it again.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 8:58:47 AM EST
I used to hear them all the time in the 60s and 70s in L.A.

Last time I heard one that wasn't a Shuttle landing was in 1985, when the Blue Angels were at El Toro MCAS, they were practicing for their show, and one came over the parking lot where I was working in Mission Viejo. He had passed over seconds earlier, went offshore, did a wingover then came back over where I was standing at over Mach 1.

That was one of the coolest things I have ever seen and heard!
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 11:06:38 AM EST
Used to live just north of McDill. Leila Ave, one block west of Dale Mabry. This was 1984-86. Then it was a F-16 trainig base. Used to love watching the planes take off from there
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 11:28:38 AM EST
When I was a kid in Ohio, I lived near a base, I used to hear them all the time. It was cool.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 12:14:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 12:25:56 PM EST
i've never heard one.... my parents have talked about how they heard them all the time growing up...

i'm jealous.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 12:26:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Spade:

Originally Posted By warlord:
I personally haven't heard a sonic boom in many years. I used to hear them all of the time when I was growing up in Barstow, Calif(about 130 miles north of Los Angeles). The whole building would shake for a moment, then you say "oh it was a sonic boom," and you go back to whatever you're doing before the boom.



My aunt lived on the flight path for takeoffs from Andrews AFB. Back in the "bad ol' days" if a plane was going to go supersonic on takeoff, it did so right over her house.

Whenever we'd hear a jet everybody would pile out of the house to see what kind it was.


Yeah I would go outside to see it too when I was home, but many times the planes were flying way to fast. By the time I got outside of the house, it was long gone. I also remember seeing few plane crarshes too, or at least the smoke and fire after one crashed.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 12:29:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 1:11:31 PM EST
last ones i heard was on 9-11-01, two jets leaving wright patterson afb near dayton......

Link Posted: 3/13/2005 1:28:28 PM EST
Excuse me! Those refried beans will do it every time.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 2:26:58 PM EST
We live in Clearwater and we heard the boom on Friday, it was much longer lasting than the typical 'sharp' sonic booms and sounded like very loud rolling thunder for probably 15 seconds.

Pretty wild and hard to imagine the amount of energy being released.
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