The Home: Learning to Love the Boom

For six months last year, supersonic aircraft swept over Oklahoma City, subjecting its inhabitants to eight sonic booms a day. It was part of an elaborate test conducted by the Federal Aviation Agency to discover just how much annoyance and damage the booms will cause groundlings, if and when a projected supersonic transport (SST) is ever built and put into full service by the nation's airlines.

When the Pictures Start Falling. Despite the fact that Oklahoma City is an air-minded town with one-third of its inhabitants more or less dependent on the aviation industry, its citizens could not honestly...

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