UAL747
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What Causes A Sonic Boom?

Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:19 am

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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timz
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RE: What Causes A Sonic Boom?

Fri Sep 19, 2003 10:06 am

"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.
 
PilotHighFlyer
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RE: What Causes A Sonic Boom?

Fri Sep 19, 2003 10:20 am

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

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RE: What Causes A Sonic Boom?

Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:23 am

Really fast jets Laugh out loudD
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