Measurements of Sonic Booms Due to ACM Training at White Sands Missile Range
Interim rept. Jan 1988-Sep 1989
WYLE RESEARCH LAB ARLINGTON VA
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A study was conducted to measure and document the C-weighted day-night level CDNL of sonic booms due to air combat maneuver ACM training. Measurements took place in the LavaMesa airspace at the White Sands Missile Range, NM, where the primary ACM activity is F-15s from Holloman AFB. Thirty-five automatic sonic boom monitors a combination of USAF BEAR and SBM-1 units were deployed for a period of six months. All operations schedule and airspace clearance data were collected so that sonic booms could be correlated with specific events A sample of air combat maneuver instrumentation ACMI tracking data was also collected. During the six-month measurement period, 4,600 ACM sorties were flown, 72 of which were F-15s. A total of 591 sonic boom events were recorded. For those missions for which ACM tracking data were obtained, sonic boom ray tracing calculations agreed well with the measured booms. The results were projected to planned supersonic operations at the Reserve, NM, and Valentine, TX, Military Operating Areas MOAs It was found that, at full capacity of 300 ACM sortiesmonth in each MOA, CDNL would be below 50 dB at all locations. Near the center of the supersonic area at Reserve, a sonic boom would be heard an average of once every three days. At Valentine, where supersonic operations will be divided between two areas, a sonic boom would be heard about once a week.