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Do you remember sonic booms?
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41 posts
Jul 19, 2011
12:14 AM
While in the military, I was boomed several times in Europe and in SE Asia. A few of those were at low altitude. There are also supersonic corridors in the western desert where the pilots get to 'play' as it were. But, growing up in Dayton, near Wright Patt, I do remember it happening several times and the glasses and dishes rattling in the kitchen.

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57 posts
Jul 19, 2011
12:43 AM
I've lived in Orlando, FL for the last 25 years. Being on the final approach path for Space Shuttles landing at Kennedy Space Center, sonic booms are not an unusual thing. Sadly though, this phenomena is about to end with the last flight of the Shuttle.

This reminds me, that I need to frequently vent regarding not only the end of the Shuttle program (and the US dominance in space exploration), but over the final disposition of the retired Shuttles. While I have no problem with the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum getting one, and NASA keeping one (although I don't know how much of a tourist attraction KSC will be with the end of the Shuttle program), and one going to the Left Coast, I feel it is a complete travesty that one will sit on the deck of the USS Intrepid in NYC instead of being sent to THE US Air Force Museum back home.
56 posts
Jul 19, 2011
9:55 AM
KennyE11, I feel as you do concerning the Shuttle program and the resting places of these awesome flying machines. I live near Langley AFB, and only a couple of hours from Kitty Hawk, so flight is still of important interest to me. It only seems fitting that a Shuttle rest in Dayton, where the efforts began.
58 posts
Jul 19, 2011
11:27 PM
FAITH - It's certainly refreshing that someone who lives close to Kitty Hawk acknowledges Dayton's significance to the History of Flight. Of course I realize you are in Virginia, not in North Carolina which lays claim to the "First in Flight" label.
10 posts
Jul 30, 2011
9:31 AM
My mother's sister and her family lived not far from Wright-Patt. One day a sonic boom happened just as my young cousin was reaching for her pacifier that was on top of the TV console. It startled her so much that she never used a pacifier again. My aunt almost wrote a letter to thank them for the excellent timing! This story gets told over and over in our family, to the chagrin of my cousin. LOL
13 posts
Dec 01, 2011
9:16 PM
SgtSniper, what years were you out here in Eastmont? have been on Joselin since Feb of '72 paul
432 posts
Dec 07, 2012
6:31 AM
Yep, I remember them. I was a photographer in the Air Force and took many photos of houses that the home owners claimed damage due to sonic booms. I don't think anyone had a claim approved.
6 posts
Mar 24, 2014
6:55 PM
A high school buddy and I were making rocket fuel in his garage and he accidentally lit it, singeing of his eyebrows. A few days later we were back in the garage when a sonic boom occured, and his mother came running out of the house, looking at the garage, expecting it to be blown up. We thought it was a lot funnier than she did!
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567 posts
Mar 26, 2014
1:40 PM
LeeVee funny story. Kid was lucky not to blow out an eye. Do remember sonic boom and think within the last decade they had to quit them. Any damage would have had to be because of real low flying and living near the base.

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