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Sonic booms

  1. Dec 5, 2004 #1
    If an aircraft were travelling at say, 5 times the speed of sound, how many sonic booms would be heard?

    I have no idea since I rarely can grasp why a sonic boom occurs in the first place
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 5, 2004 #2
    I think it depends on the shape of the aircraft, but generally just one sonic boom.
    From my understanding, when multiple sonic booms occur it's because there are several spots on the aircraft where the air is building up (such as the nose, leading edges of wings and tail) and each of these parts cause their own sonic boom.
    I think that's correct.
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