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"The loud noise reported Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of Tampa was more than likely the result of a sonic boom caused when two F-15 fighters from the 159th Fighter Wing based in New Orleans and operating under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command went supersonic to meet mission requirements,” said USAF Captain Chase McFarland.
The 159th Fighter Wing is a unit of the Louisiana Air National Guard. It generally trains over the Gulf of Mexico.