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Sky Critter
04-14-2012, 07:20 AM
During a practice session yesterday, one of the T-Birds apparently cracked the throttle just a hair too much. The news is reporting over 100 calls to 911, most of which had no idea what it was. There are several reports of broken windows as well. Must have been pretty low! :D

AHHH... the sound of freedom:flag:

I hope the pilot doesn't get in too much trouble but, I've heard this sort of thing can get you grounded.

tim
04-14-2012, 09:48 AM
I once saw an F-4 push a little too far at an airshow at Point Mugu. Set off every car alarm in the parking lot and broke a few windows too.

Lockheed Bob
04-14-2012, 02:20 PM
I was there. Later reports said it was the canopy that went supersonic not the rest of the plane?

Sky Critter
04-14-2012, 02:50 PM
That sounds like being a little pregnant. :screwy:

AirDOGGe
04-14-2012, 04:11 PM
Do pregnant F-4s have litters of little A-4s?

:D



I assume they meant only the airflow over the canopy went SS. Seems to me that if this were the case, such a shockwave would be mainly directed upwards and not be very strong on the ground. How loud/quiet was the "boom" in your opinion(s)?

Sky Critter
04-14-2012, 04:29 PM
I was several miles away south of the base. All of the reported damage was north of the base. Didn't seem loud at all and I only learned about the damage on the news.

Of course, one of the local stations focused on the scared seniors at the assisted living center...

Coyote Chris
04-14-2012, 07:29 PM
Hmmmm......not good, Kemosabe.....remember what happened when that pilot from the Arkansas Nat Guard went SS at Reno? I think the T-birds have a low tolerance for that sort of thing. They even got sore at Capt.
Chris Striklin when he dented his F-16 at Mountain Home , Sept. 2003.
I say, let 'um go supersonic at every show!

AirDOGGe
04-14-2012, 08:27 PM
I was several miles away south of the base. All of the reported damage was north of the base. Didn't seem loud at all and I only learned about the damage on the news.



Interesting. Rather directional in nature, eh? Very low altitude booms don't travel far I suppose, especially if they are unintentionally directed downwards, say when going supersonic while in a dive.

Sure, there was only a shockwave generated off the canopy ....WHILE INVERTED it would seem! :cool: (heh-heh).