Naval jet testing is responsible for the multiple sonic booms felt this afternoon at the Jersey Shore and beyond, officials say.
According to a statement from Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, USAF Defense Press Officer, routine aircraft testing in the Atlantic Test Ranges resulted in some maneuvers that could generate sonic booms.
“Today, an F-35C from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD was conducting supersonic testing in a cleared military flight area off the East Coast around 1:30 and 2:30 p.m,” the statement said.
As with all flight operations, the Navy takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing and training activities on the community. Military aircraft routinely conduct supersonic flights offshore in an area called the Test Track, which parallels the entire coast of the Delmarva Peninsula. Test aircraft from the naval air station execute supersonic flights almost daily in the test track, and most of these sonic booms are never felt on land. However, under certain atmospheric conditions there is an increased potential to hear the sound.
A sonic boom is “the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound. Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding much like an explosion,” according to wikipedia.org.