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What Causes A Sonic Boom?  
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3872 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, 7224 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3843 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 Canada, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

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


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 2642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

Really fast jets Laugh out loudD

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