SONIC FREAKIN' DAMN BOOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last summer we went through several weeks of sonic booms, thanks to the air force base 30-40 crow-flying miles from here. A furor went up and we learned that some special jets were flying and they were gearing up for another special kind of jets. The public was assured that this would be addressed and adjusted.
It was. We've had no sonic booms for months.
Until today. There were three booms in the last hour. The first two were AWFUL, especially the second which left me trembling and the dogs all frantic. Jazmyn is afraid of thunderstorms, and she was shaking like a leaf. She walked around with her tail dragging on the ground for 15-20 minutes after the boom, even after I held her and comforted her. The third one was apparently on the other side of the mountain, less powerful, but still startling and disturbing.
I called a couple people who live 10-15 miles away from me, and they had it too, saying that their windows rattled seriously, and one said the whole house shook, including the floor. So I called the air force base. Apparently I wasn't the only one, because the line was busy for several minutes. When I got through, the person taking the call in the Public Relations office said he would pass the information along (actually he said "push it upstairs"). He explained that he was taking information only when I asked a couple questions, so I said I want someone to call me back. He sounded surprised and said that he would need to fill out a form. After getting the information he said that he couldn't guarantee a call back. I informed him that if I don't hear back, I will be calling on a daily basis! HELLO???? I might not get a call back from his superiors???? That's not acceptable!
It is possible that I get the percussions of the sonic booms greater than others because of the elevation where I live. That was one of the big hoohas from last summer. Ruidoso, Cloudcroft are in the higher elevations like I am, and people were having more trouble, and the solution was .... supposedly .... to route the planes over less populated and lower elevation areas. If they are not sticking with their plans/promises they will certainly be hearing from Ms. Lynilu on a regular basis. I may reach first name basis with the PR office down there!
In KC, there is an air force base about the same distance away, but we never .... n.e.v.e.r .... had sonic booms. Different kinds of jets, perhaps, I donno. But c'mon!!
Do any of you live near an air force base? Do you have sonic booms?
PS added at 6:15 PM - I drove to the mailbox to get mail, and when I came back there was a message from a Captain in Public Relations at the air base!! He said he wanted me to be aware that he has my message and will be back with me as soon as he has some information about the noise complaint. And he left me his number to call if I wish to speak with him! I'll be danged. I'll call him tomorrow and thank him for his prompt attention.