Sunday, July 8, 2007

Breaking Sound Barrier ( 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.

As an object passes through the air, it creates a series of pressure waves in front of it and behind it. These waves travel at the speed of sound, and as the speed of the aircraft increases the waves are forced together, or compressed, 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.

Breaking Sound Barrier

Concorde breaking the sound barrier

Space Shuttle Breaks Sound Barrier

f 14 explodes as it breaks the sound barrier

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