Thursday, March 12, 2009

Holloman expects more sonic booms from F-22s

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) - Holloman Air Force Base says Tularosa Basin residents can expect more sonic booms next week.

Base spokesman Arlan Ponder says sonic booms are normal with the F-22A Raptor aircraft being flown out of the southern New Mexico base.

A sonic boom - which sounds similar to thunder - is caused when an object moves faster than the speed of sound.

Aircraft traveling through the atmosphere produce air-pressure waves similar to water waves caused by a ship’s bow. When aircraft exceed the speed of sound, pressure waves combine to form shock waves that travel forward, creating the noise.

Six Raptors are assigned to Holloman, but Ponder says more are to arrive next month.

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