CYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4160 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?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4130 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.
CYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4068 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.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6360 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4060 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.