posted on Nov, 21 2004 @ 07:22 PM
We recently had recent booms scare the pants off of some people from the Goldcoast on the Queensland/New South Wales boarder up to the Sunshine Coast
north of Brisbane.
Heard it myself and was concerned enough to go out to the corner and see where the truck crash was. Very puzzled until the news that night.
Turned out it was an RAAF F-111 running supersonic 100km off the Queensland coast doing post overhaul running checks.
Normally it would not have been a problem, the RAAF have protocols for running supersonic. Only far offshore, or isolated areas inland. The boom
dispersing out at sea, but the RAAF apologised, explaining that a cloud inversion layer or something had trapped the sound wave and directed it all
the way to the mainland, shaking a few people up and breaking one or two windows (I can here the cries of "compo compo" already!).
I remember back in the late 70s just after we got the F-111s a pair did a celebratory post exercise supersonic run over Perth, my home town and much
to thier horror on landing copped a bollocking for breaking about 500 windows in the metropolitan area and scaring the crap out alot of people.
You got to remember, some of our guys had flown loaned F-4s but most had just come off the lovely subsonic Canberra. The book in the antipodies was
still being written it would seem.
A fellow Perth boy, and SAS Commander in Iraq in 2003 was faced with the situation of fighting Iraqi Forces in a cement works. The Australians had
been made aware of stricter ROEs from home than the US Forces and there were civilians stuck in what was a vital peice of post war infrastructure. The
USAF were not going to waste million dollar ordnance scaring the Iraqis there first.
He then remembered the F-111s over Perth.The story goes he made contact with the AWACs and a pair of F-15Es made a series of low supersonic runs
causing booms. The Iraqis thought that massive bombs were being dropped nearby and they were next.
They surrendered to the AusSAS without another shot being fired, and the works relatively intact.