sonic bang

sonic bang

loud sound made by a flying projectile when it passes through the sound barrier, that is by flying faster than the speed of sound.
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Concorde was in the news at the time because it had flown from Singapore to Melbourne in a record time of 3 hours and 37 minutes, and some actually believed a sonic bang from the supersonic airliner had travelled to Wales from the other side of the world - but it was later discovered that Concorde had not even been in the air at the time of the fireball sighting .
Well, let's put it this way, the reindeer would have more trouble than a spaceship re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, no-one seems to have noticed the sonic bang and Santa could do with a tip from Patrick Stewart about how the Starship Enterprise does it.
I suppose my favourite memory has to be watching Thrust SSC break the sound barrier, and hearing the sonic bangs from the engines as it did so.