redzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 421 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5004 times:
This isn't big news, but I found it interesting. News outlets in SLC this morning were reporting that many residents had heard unusual noises and felt tremors late yesterday evening, leading to lots of speculation about the cause. Some people even reported doors and windows rattling. Authorities confirmed that it wasn't an earthquake or weather event, and Hill AFB reported that none of their fighters were flying at the time, stopping speculation about sonic booms.
It turns out that B-52s from Barksdale AFB were practicing at the Utah Test and Training Range. It seems that atmospheric conditions were just right for the shock waves to be carried all the way into the city. It's probably related to the temperature inversions that Salt Lake gets every winter.
JoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5264 posts, RR: 30 Reply 5, posted (11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4425 times:
I reckon the noise from those 8 smoking engines might make enough noise to be confused with a 'shock wave'. Anyone who's heard a 732 take off on a cold day can testify how defining 2 old tech engines can be. I grew up 8 miles from the airport and you could hear them take off clear as day.
Imagine 8 of those engines times however many planes were in the exercise, (though I'm sure they all took noise abatement procedures in mind...right?), and you'd get one hell of a cacophony that would have been awesome to experience.
StudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 422 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4211 times:
Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 5): Imagine 8 of those engines times however many planes were in the exercise, (though I'm sure they all took noise abatement procedures in mind...right?), and you'd get one hell of a cacophony that would have been awesome to experience.
Indeed it is...
I was on Diego Garcia the day the flightline was pretty much emptied for day one of our adventure in Afghanistan...
BTW~ B2s aren't exactly a quiet bird either!!! Nor are B-1Bs.
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Classic planes, Classic trains, and Studebakers~~ what else is there???
B-1's will drive you mad! LOL I have lost a lot of hearing from being deployed with them in front of us and those engines running FOREVER before take-off. Now I live where they do and it's...maddening! LOL
SLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 562 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3337 times:
I've always wondered if the Bones have done supersonic passes down canyons in Southwest Asia as a sort of "shock and awe" campaign. It would certainly be attention getting and frightening to those not expecting it. Done at night, you'd probably not have lot of risk of being hit by small arms fire either!
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FSXJunkie From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 31 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2744 times:
Quoting zeke (Reply 1): Shock wave from a B-52, that would be news.
It's only news because there have been no Alert drills for 20 years, two decades ago every SAC base would once a month disgorge some of it's aircraft in a timed MITO. The objective being to get all Alert planes from tarmac to air in 15 minutes or less, failure means a visit from a white top bearing an Inspector General and the base being subject to an ORI...a Strategic Air Command ORI.
Since Air Combat/Global Strike don't have the same habit, and there are so few B-52 bases these days, the fact that the planes are deafening monsters is a shock to civilians whom have never seen a BUFF in person.