From: email@example.com (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 08 Jul 95 15:01:55 References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1 2
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>>What about the sonic boom? I thought most countries banned Concorde from >>going supersonic over land, and this severely restricts viable routes. With today's technology which can produce the stealth bomber, is it reasonable to expect that a second generation SST plane would generate a much "quieter" sonic boom ? Can they not create a plane whose shape and materials and engines attenuate the sonic boom ? As well, with a plane at over 30k feet altitude, does the sonic boom sound really bother the folks on the ground ? I know that part of the reluctance to allow the Concorde to land was the high noise during the take-off and landing. Was that the major stumbling block for the Concorde, or was it really the sonic boom while it was at cruising altitude ?