View Full Version : Aircraft Design & Mitigated/Eliminated Sonic Booms

05-30-2002, 07:51 PM
Just as vehicles, boats/ships, and aircraft can be made surprisingly aero/hydro dynamic, as well as "stealthier"--and helicopters made dramatically quieter--I'm wondering if computer modeling and cutting-edge technologies would allow for the construction of a fighter jet that has little to no sonic boom from the perspective of a ground observer, were the manufacturer so inclined.

Also, is it possible to direct sonic waves away from the ground?

05-30-2002, 08:00 PM
I thought we already had a fighter jet that had little or no sonic boom. It's called the F-17 Stealth Fighter.

But oh wait, it doesn't have any guns as all other fighters do, it only carries bombs. My bad.:D

Getting serious, I don't see how you could have a jet fighter that exceeded the speed of sound, yet created no sonic boom for those on the ground to hear. It would go agains t the laws of physics or something. Yeah, that's it.;)

Runs and hides with hands shielding head and face.

05-31-2002, 02:22 AM
Great minds think alike. Supersonic is Back-Quietly (http://www.popsci.com/popsci/aviation/article/0,12543,194456,00.html) :)