reply to post by violet
I apologize if I came across snippy or as if I was snapping at you. I was not, and it is generally not in my nature to come across that way.
I am a reasonable and logical person. I am willing to accept a reasonable and logical explanation. Any reasonable and logical person is going to not
only look for possible causes, but will also find things that others may use as an answer for something as unusual as this. I found the article, and
then I checked to see if this may have been the source of the phenomenon that I experienced.
Should I have waited for someone else to point it out instead of finding it for myself and looking into it? Would that be more reasonable? The only
difference between me finding it, and someone else pointing it out that I found it first, which means I was looking for answers. Either way, the
answer still would have been the same. This did not fit the sound I heard.
Slightly off topic:
Because you made the statement ...no I am not a sound expert, but I do know far more than most people about sound and acoustics because I had a
cholesteatoma. I know far more about how sound works, and specifically about how human hearing works because of it. This thing (the cholesteatoma)
could have resulted in my death. It had eaten away 2 of my hearing bones, half of my mastoid, and the doctor said that had I waited another six
months, because of the area that it developed in, and the direction that it was growing in it would have eaten into my brain cavity. Trust me I am
thankful that not only did I avoid this, but that I got 90% of the hearing that I have, in my left ear, which due to damage from numerous ear
infections and the resulting scar tissue is only about 80% of normal hearing. When something comes that close to taking your life, you learn a lot
about what you have been saved from, how to appreciate it and how to protect what you have left. In my case this equals sound, the mechanics of the
human ear and how acoustics work. So no, not an expert, but well versed.
I hope that you never know what it is like to have a 1 inch hole drilled into your skull, be cut open from your temple to your neck and have to
experience the pain, confusion and complete disorientation caused by having to "learn" to hear all over again. All that "white noise" that people
filter out is very disorienting and after not hearing much out of that ear I had to learn how to do it all over again. Imagine hearing your heartbeat
thrumming in your ears, or hearing the sheets rubbing up against your skin, or an incessant but rhythmic rushing sound that is the caused by the rise
and fall of your chest and not know what it was. All those sounds that they "amplify" in the movies are really that loud in real life, we just learn
to filter it out. I had to learn all over again.
So yeah, I know a crapload about sound, and I am prone to investigate strange sounds and their possible sources more readily than most because of what
I have been through.
So let's take a look at this as a possibilty:
There were 4 pairs of F-15 (or F-18) fighter jets that took off from Westfield.
They took off in 30 second intervals.
They were travelling to Virginia, in a Southwesterly direction.
They first takeoff occurred at approximately 5:47am (but not any later than that)
The distance between the takeoff point in Westfield, to where I am is approximately 10 miles.
I live Northeast of this point
I heard the sound at 6:00am.
Sound travels at 768 mph.
Someone please show me an equation where this works out.
If you have absolutely perfect atmospheric conditions, you might get the sound to suddenly drop off but the required decibel level for the sound to
travel 10 miles and still sound like "a fleet of jets" would have cause immediate damage to people's hearing.
The average decibel level of aircraft is 180, and that is when you are right under it. If the jet is 1 mile in the sky, and the sound needs to travel
10 miles, at a decibel drop level of 20 db per mile (average), the source noise would have to be in excess of 380db.
Noise levels of 130 decibels and over will be painful and is likely to cause immediate hearing damage. Imagine 380 db!
Does this seem logical or even plausible?
Here is the thing that irks me the most about this and the possible explanations that are given for any unusual phenomenon: most people will accept
any mundane statement, and specifically something like that article, as the answer without looking into it. It is no different than accepting a ton
of blackbirds falling out of the sky in Alabama, two years in a row, on the same date, (Jan 1) due to fireworks. Fireworks had been banned the second
year, but people still accept the fireworks explanation.
The more I look into the F-15 explanation, the less sense it makes