# Do fighter pilots hear the sonic boom?

## Do fighter pilots hear the sonic boom?

If you’re WONDERing about how pilots handle sonic booms, they actually don’t hear them. They can see the pressure waves around the plane, but people on board the airplane can’t hear the sonic boom. Like the wake of a ship, the boom carpet unrolls behind the airplane.

Is it loud in a fighter jet cockpit?

The cockpit of a fighter aircraft will be very noisy and their mean levels range from 95 to 105 dB. This exceeds the damage risk criterion of 8h/day exposure. Hence, may result in hearing impairment to the pilot, especially during prolonged exposures.

### How far away can a sonic boom be heard?

The altitude of the supersonic vehicle affects how far sonic booms can travel. They’re heard based on the width of the “boom carpet.” The width ends up being about one mile for each 1,000 feet of altitude, so an aircraft flying at 50,000 feet would produce a sonic boom cone about 50 miles wide.

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How loud are fighter jets?

In fact, at 140 decibels (a unit to measure the intensity of sound), the noise of a jet plane is only 40 decibels away from damaging our hearing tissues and 54 decibels away from the loudest noise possible.

## Can a pilot hear an engine sound through the air?

But, the portion of the engine sound which would normally reach the pilot’s ears through the outside air (i Yes, but only a portion of it: he can still hear the sound and feel the vibrations traveling through the (structure of the) plane itself. Sound needs a medium to propagate.

Why can’t we see a jet flying at the speed of sound?

This is a good question. The speed of the jet relative to the air around it is faster than the speed of sound. This means that a stationary observer in front of the jet cannot hear it coming; likewise a moving observer in front of the jet and moving at the same speed cannot hear it.

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### Can the pilot of a jet hear his own voice inside it?

However, the air inside the jet is different. Relative to the jet, that air is standing still (basically). So it will behave normally with respect to the jet, and the pilot will be able to hear his/her own speech normally (though there will be a lot of engine and cabin noise, transmitted via the airframe to the cabin This is a good question.

Is the outside air the medium of the engine sound?

But, the portion of the engine sound which would normally reach the pilot’s ears through the outside air (if he were flying slower than the speed of sound) can’t reach him once he’s flying faster than the speed of sound. For this portion of the engine sound, the outside air is the medium.