CYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4248 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: 17
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4218 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 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4156 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, 6371 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4148 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.