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an explosive sound caused by the shock wave of an airplane traveling faster than the speed of sound

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Israeli jets flew low over the city of Saida in Southern Lebanon on Sunday causing sonic booms that broke windows and shook buildings for the first time in years, security sources and residents said.
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During that time sonic booms have been heard in Norfolk, Wales, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire.
After briefly outlining the events surrounding Yeager's breaking the sound barrier in October 1947, Benson explains how sonic booms are created.
Windows have been broken, a greenhouse was damaged and a supermarket was forced to close after roof damage following a sonic boom.
The MOD has received 15 claims for compensation as a result of sonic booms in the past five years and had paid out PS1.
Peter Coen, head of the High Speed Project in NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at the agency's Headquarters in Washington, said lessening sonic booms - shock waves caused by an aircraft flying faster than the speed of sound - is the most significant hurdle to reintroducing commercial supersonic flight.
An Essex police spokesman said there were several reports of sonic booms around the county "caused by military aircraft engaged in routine operations" yesterday.
A SERIES of massive sonic booms caused by a Eurofighter Typhoon warplane sparked an earthquake scare in Anglesey yesterday.
Kakalios noticed a few sonic booms in the recent blockbuster Superman Returns.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector, in co-operation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and Nasa, recently demonstrated the flight of a fighter with a fuselage design that reduces the impact of sonic booms.
Computer simulations by Myhrvold indicate that some big dinosaurs could have created sonic booms with their whip-like tails, possibly for communication.
Mr Pusey, a former airport terminal designer for British Airways' predecessor, BOAC, who lives near Camborne, Cornwall, explained yesterday why he began keeping data of Concorde's New York-London flight sonic booms.
But Harry, a former aviation expert who moved to Troon, near Camborne, two years ago, decided to do something when the sonic booms disturbed his retirement.