The Air: Banning the Boom

Santa Barbara, Calif., is a pleasant, red-tile-roofed community much favored by retired couples, but of late it has acquired a grave drawback: it is in close proximity to several Navy and Air Force bases, including Hamilton Air Force Base now being used by the over-2,000-m.p.h. SR-71 reconnaissance plane. As a result, Santa Barbara, by the count of one irate citizen, was bombed with a sonic boom for 75 successive days this summer. "It's ghastly," says Mrs. George M. Sidenberg, both the wife and mother of Navy aviators. "One boom nearly threw me...

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