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Would A Sonic Boom Rapture Ear Drums?  
User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

At the YXX airshow yesterday, the anouncer anounced "The F-18 will now demonstarate its high-speed capabilty with the pilot being carefull not to cross the sound barrier as the resulting sonic boom would shatter nearby windows". So my question is, would it also rapture the ear drums of everyone at the airshow?

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User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

1.I was not aware that sonic phenomnenon were part of the rapture, and I was definately not aware that ear drums have anything to do with the coming of Christ  Smokin cool

2.Well, maybe, kinda, let's say it's not healthy. Go to a high power rifle range, it's loud, but it would not cause ear damage...once, repeatedly, probably.

Peter


User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

For a true airplane nut, a sonic boom is rapture indeed.. better than sex baby!!!


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

a sonic boom might damage your eardrums if it happened close enough.
The real reason the pilot was not allowed to go supersonic is probably more closely related to environmental regs or other noise restrictions. If you can keep the neighbours happy by not going supersonic over the field, that is a small price to pay for not getting your fence torn down and aircraft damaged all the time by angry crowds.



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User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

During the 60's Concorde was tested over the Uk

Whilst it did break some windows and there were many complaints.

There were no broken ear-drums


User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

At the KSUU (Travis AFB) airshow in june, an aircraft broke the aound barrier (I belive it was an F-117, but i wasn't around when it happened, i just heard it) and it didn't damage anything.

User currently offlineMinuteman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

I can almost certainly assure you it was not an F-117 that went supersonic.

It may be legend, but believe sometime during the Middle East skirmishes, military aircraft would fly over villages at supersonic speeds doing quite a bit of harm without technically "attacking."


User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1264 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

The F-117 is not built to go supersonic and has only gone supersonic in testing, never in operation. So it was neither the aircraft at the airshow or in the middle east.


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User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

So the bottom line is that sonic booms are unpleasent but generly harmless, not producing enough db's or a strong enough schockwave to damage the realtively small surface area of the human ear drum but strong enough to be able to crack windows if it occurs close by.

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3925 times:

Don't think so- that is unless you were crazy and wanted to get "a good view" of the afterburners, and ear drum damage would be the least of your worries then!

-Notar520AC



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6332 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

Although I find a sonic boom quite enjoyable, I can't say I enter a rapturous state on hearing one.

The answer is, no, a sonic boom will not hurt your eardrums. The eardrum is far more resiliant than a mere piece of glass. Also, the frequency generated is what causes broken glass, not the volume. This si not to say that if you were 100 feet from an aircraft at M1+ that you would be real happy. Unless, of course yopu were in an airplane also going that speed. Then the sound wouldn't matter.



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