Every so often, like about five minutes ago, I hear a sonic boom in rural northern Missouri. They literally shake the windows in the house they are so
loud! I live about 100 miles north of Whiteman Airforce base, and usually within 12 hours of hearing the sonic boom, it is reported in the news that
the B2 Stealth Bombers based at Whiteman have arrived somewhere or bombed somewhere.
For example, a few days ago there was a loud sonic boom, and the next morning it was reported that three B2 bombers arrived in the UK.
ETA that I failed to mention that I realize that the B2’s are reported to be sub-sonic...heck maybe they really are. Maybe they travel in tandem or
close proximity to other planes which actually make the sonic boom. Whatever the explanation, I can set my Clock by a sonic boom and the reporting of
Stealth B2 movement. Odd? Yep!
Three USAF B2 Stealth Bombers arrive at RAF
Fairford for secret mission
This isn’t the first time that I have noticed the sonic boom activity followed by news that the B2’s were on the move...in both Gulf Wars it
happened the same way.
I have always wondered why they seem to fly north before heading off to wherever they go, but I suspect I know why. For years, through the 70s there
was an active AF base outside of our sleepy little town in rural Missouri. Supposedly, it was shut down, yet the big radar that resembles a giant
white golf ball has been maintained ever since, even though the AF base has been abandoned/shut down for decades. I always suspected the radar has
remained functional, because for years when I drove past it, the electrical system on my vehicle would go haywire...the speedometer and all gages
would swing all the way to the right and back to the left several times in a windshield wiper motion, all the dashboard warning lights would flash on
and off, then it would all go back to normal in a few seconds.
Two summers ago, we had lots of construction workers in town for several large construction jobs (a new Menards, Marshalls, and two hotels) and lots
of the construction guys came into the fireworks store that my sons ran for a few summers. One group of workers came in and I asked if they were
working on the Menards and other buildings going up. At first, they were tight lipped other than saying no. Finally, on their final trip into the
store, they bought about 5k in fireworks to take back to the East coast with them, because they said they were done with their work and headed home.
One of the workers, as we helped him load up all of the fireworks into their large trailer said, “oh, and we aren’t supposed to tell anyone
because we would have to kill them (haha he laughed but was still somewhat serious), but we have been completely updating the USAF radar north of
town”. He winked, and they got in their trucks and left.
For a bit if basic knowledge, here is a link to info about the supposedly defunct base and a picture of the radar:
Wiki info about radar
So, I have always wondered if that radar tower is the reason the B2’s or whatever aircraft is accompanying them possibly, seem to hit Mach speed
right over our town, regardless of where they are headed, be it the Middle East or the UK.
The latest sonic boom, now about half an hour ago, as I have been slow getting this written made me think it might be fun to have a running thread to
add to whenever someone hears a sonic boom.
Mods...I rarely make new threads, so if this isn’t in the right spot, please move it wherever it needs to be!
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