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What Causes A Sonic Boom?  
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

I know that it happens when the aircraft passes the speed of sound, but what actually causes it to boom? I don't think I've ever heard it.


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7000 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

"when the aircraft passes the speed of sound"

When it has passed the speed of sound, you mean. The boom is a shock wave that the aircraft drags along behind it as long as it's flying faster than sound.

User currently offlinePilothighflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Its basically air not being able to move fast enough.....


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

Really fast jets Laugh out loudD

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