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What Causes A Sonic Boom?  
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2839 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.

UAL747

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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6708 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 2810 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 (10 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 2810 times:

Its basically air not being able to move fast enough.....
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question73.htm

~Robert


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

Really fast jets Laugh out loudD


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