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    billmosby, Otteray Scribe

    I spent a couple years of my childhood near Travis AFB in California in the mid-60's.  We got a lot of booms there, but most of them weren't sonic booms -- afterburner lightoffs sound very similar.  On twin engined planes, both tend to have distinct double booms.  Both rattle windows pretty well.

    •  No, these were double booms, (1+ / 0-)
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      followed by the sound of distant jets in afterburner. The contrail streaking across the sky was also a telltale sign, and the flights were announced so people wouldn't think we were under attack.

      We lived very far from Ellington AFB, which was the only place around there that an afterburner might be found.

      I did happen to be in a position to hear F-100 afterburners (with two-position AB flaps added on in place of the original continuously variable ones because they were easier to maintain,  I was told). That was at Davis Monthan in the early 70s. Now THERE were some booms, allright!

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 03:59:48 PM PDT

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