Sonic booms heard in Seattle, Tacoma, Kent and other municipalities around the Puget Sound region

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As reported by King 5 news today:

by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM

SEATTLE – The FAA says explosions heard throughout the Puget Sound area are sonic booms from military aircraft in the area.

KING 5 News was flooded with calls and e-mails from people who heard and felt the explosions. Many people reported that their homes shook.

Emergency agencies across Western Washington were flooded with calls from people who heard and felt a double boom about 1:50 p.m.

The FAA says the air space closed because of Pres. Barack Obama's visit was breached, and two F18 jets were scrambled in response.

Now, figuring that McChord AFB is about 25 miles from the area the president was in, I couldn't help but do the math. IF the planes were only doing the speed of sound, their total trip time would have been somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 minutes. This is assuming they weren't already in the area on patrol and also assuming they were travelling at their rated top speed of mach 1.7

Talk about a response time.

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