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WICKENBURG, AZ: Many home owners in the Wickenburg area have had there home alarms go off, due to the boom of high speed aircraft flying north of town. The glass sensor portion of the alarm can be set off by the shock wave created noise of an aircraft flying at 750 miles per hour or faster.
Training is the name of the game at Luke Air Force Base. Located west of Phoenix. Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing. It is the largest fighter wing in the world with more than 188 aircraft, 27 squadrons, 6,500 military and civilian personnel.
The Base is named for the World War 1 flying ace Lt. Frank Luke Jr.. He was the first aviator to receive the Medal of Honor. Lt. Luke scored 18 aerial victories, 14 against German observation balloon before being killed in action at the age of 21.
The base has the stewardship of the 1.7
million acre Barry M. Goldwater Range for their pilots to practice
What is a sonic boom?
What is a sonic boom?
The term Sonic boom is commonly used to refer to the shocks caused by the supersonic flight of military aircraft or passenger transports such as Concorde (Mach 2.03, no longer in service) and the Space Shuttle (up to Mach 27). Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding much like an explosion; typically the shock front may approach 167 megawatts per square meter, and may exceed 200 decibels. Thunder is a type of natural sonic boom, created by the rapid heating and expansion of air.
What causes a sonic boom?
As an object moves through the air, it creates a series of pressure waves in front of it and behind it, similar to the bow and stern waves created by a boat. These waves travel at the speed of sound, and as the speed of the aircraft increases the waves are forced together or 'compressed' because they cannot "get out of the way" of each other, eventually merging into a single shock wave at the speed of sound. This critical speed is known as Mach 1 and is approximately 1,225 kilometers per hour (761 mph) at sea level. Thus you have a BOOM and your alarm can go off.
SUBSONIC SPEED MACH ONE SUPERSONIC SPEED
Situation depending on the speed of the aircraft
Luke trains the world's greatest F-16 fighter pilots and ground crew. They also deploy mission-ready warfighters. They do a GREAT JOB!
Information from Wikipedia online.
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