sonic boom


February 4, 2003, 03:42 PM

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Dave P
February 4, 2003, 04:34 PM
Neat photo! In the good old days before sonic booms were "prohibited" over much of the US, we heard them pretty often. ANd these days when the shuttle is coming in, we get a double boom (from the nose and then wings?). Oftens sounds like a car ran into the house - rattles all the windows!

February 4, 2003, 04:39 PM

Glad I got this in before its closed.

This is the link to a video of the same, more spectacular IMO.

Does anyone know what type of cannons this plane has, and if you fire them a this speed can you hear it from inside the plane.

Oh, and check out the link, :cool:

George Hill
February 4, 2003, 05:22 PM
This is kinda off topic... but due to the military hardware in there - I'll leave it.
I always love cool military pics.

February 4, 2003, 05:40 PM
you should be able to hear the guns just fine, because the air in the plane is wha will transmit the sound

February 4, 2003, 07:00 PM
More importantly, the metal structure of the aircraft will transmit the sound into the cockpit. Same reason you can hear the engine from inside the plane.

February 4, 2003, 07:13 PM
The F/A-18 carries the M61A1 20mm Vulcan cannon.

Politically Incorrect
February 4, 2003, 08:31 PM

George already said he'd leave it open. :D

February 4, 2003, 08:36 PM
Nice photo of the F/A-18 and video of the F-14. Thanks for sharing.:D

February 4, 2003, 09:15 PM
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February 5, 2003, 12:30 AM
1. The picture looks digitally altered...but I'm no expert in that, so I dunno. has produced some really bone-headedly wrong things, IIRC, and I judge anything coming from them as suspect. YMMV.

2. The video is not the same thing. The video is of a Tomcat.


February 5, 2003, 05:59 AM
No one has a bigger gun than the A-10. You ought to hear this baby go off.

February 5, 2003, 06:07 AM
Double tap. Oops

February 5, 2003, 10:30 AM
Lennyjoe No one has a bigger gun than the A-10.
Not bigger (except the Specter gunships) but the same M61 gatling gun. IIRC, every current fighter/attack jet has one. Wish I did. :D

TFL Survivor

February 5, 2003, 10:44 AM
The A-10's Avenger cannon is decidedly larger than the gatling guns (Vulcans?) in use in USAF/USN fighters.


February 5, 2003, 12:18 PM
I got to see that effect in person from the deck of a carrier. Very cool.

February 5, 2003, 12:37 PM
I love Sonic Booms.

Got to hear one in Ohio while driving with a bunch of friends to a camp site. A pair of fighters were flying around. We saw them fly over and they must of flown back because a minute or so later we heard a huge explosion, we all thought a tire blew on my friends Jeep until we realized what it was.

Bob Locke
February 5, 2003, 12:46 PM
Got to hear a couple up close and personal when stationed on the USS Enterprise. We had a few day cruises for dependents and dignitaries, and the flyboys always liked the reaction they could get by going supersonic about 300 feet above the flight deck with a large crowd assembled up there. :D

And if I'm not mistaken, the F-18 carries a 20mm canon while the A-10's is a 30mm.

And I'd bet a LOT of money that the sound given off by the Phalanx (CIWS) on-board Navy warships is at least as loud as that A-10 canon!

February 5, 2003, 01:02 PM
Yes... The A-10 uses the GAU-8 30mm Gatling...

Marko Kloos
February 5, 2003, 01:02 PM
The GAU-8/A "Avenger" in the A-10 is a seven-barreled 30mm cannon, and only used on the A-10.

The GAU-12/TJ "Equalizer" in the AV-8B Harrier II is a 25mm cannon, and exclusively designed for that plane.

The GE M61A1/A2 a.k.a. GAU-4 "Vulcan" in the F-14, F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 is a six-barreled 20mm cannon.

George Hill
February 5, 2003, 02:23 PM
Hkmp5sd - Thanks! I was looking for that just yesterday!

February 5, 2003, 02:40 PM


That was a SWEET video!!!

The brief clip of that AC-130 was AMAZING!!!


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