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Boom goes the mystery
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The mystery of the boom heard around Tucson has been solved.
On Wednesday night at about 7:45, numerous reports came in from all over the city about a "boom," where the ground and windows shook.
The 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at Luke Air Force Base released the following statement regarding the boom:
"On 27 February 2013 at approximately 7:45 pm the 425th Fighter Squadron from Luke AFB was flying F-16 training missions in the Sells area. The Airspace management office from the base has confirmed an aircraft from the 425th went supersonic just northwest of Kitt Peak, the altitude at which the aircraft broke the sound barrier was legal for supersonic flight in the area."
9OYS reached out to Tom Jones, he studies sonic booms for NASA. He tells us military aircraft are allowed to break the sound barrier at certain altitudes. Lukes Air Force Base says this altitude was legal.
"Certainly this was a level of boom that was unacceptable to Tucson as it was surprising a lot of people," said Jones.
Jones tells 9OYS that NASA is conducting several supersonic projects to study how communities react to sonic booms. For more information, click here.