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A sonic boom is the noise created by an aircraft flying faster than the local speed of sound. Use to discuss this distinctive noise. Use with the [supersonic] tag.

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Why did the FAA ban all supersonic flights over the United States, rather than only supersonic flight in densely-populated areas?

A major part of why the Concorde was far less of a hit than predicted, and of why the many 1980s and 1990s supersonic transport projects never got off the drawing board, was that the FAA had banned ...
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Why can't sonic booms be heard at air shows?

At air shows with fighter jets I would expect there would be a demonstration of supersonic flight. But in this flight of a Eurofighter Typhoon, no sonic boom was heard. What is the reason? Is it ...
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Will you be able to hear a supersonic aircraft flying away from you?

I'm wondering if you could be able to hear the sound emitted by an aircraft say traveling at Mach 2 away from you. I wondered if it might shift the emitted frequencies beyond the audible range. Would ...
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