Air Force: Trump air-se­cu­rity ex­er­cise had no sonic booms

The Palm Beach Post - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Eliot Klein­berg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ek­lein­berg@pb­post.com

Nu­mer­ous peo­ple who hadn’t read or heard re­ports that mil­i­tary jets would be roar­ing over Palm Beach County on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, at al­ti­tudes as low as 3,500 feet, took to so­cial me­dia to de­scribe un­set­tling fly­overs. But any­one who thought there was a sonic boom was mis­taken, a mil­i­tary spokesman said Wed­nes­day.

“Sonic booms would be shat­ter­ing glass,” Maj. An­drew Scott said from Tyn­dall Air Force Base in Flor­ida’s Pan­han­dle. Tyn­dall co­or­di­nates for the North Amer­i­can Aerospace De­fense Com­mand for the con­ti­nen­tal United States.

“If there was a sonic boom, you would know about it,” Scott said. He said Wed­nes­day’s se­cu­rity ex­er­cise did not call for break­ing the sound bar­rier, an ac­tion he said the mil­i­tary doesn’t take lightly and re­quires ap­proval. Scott also said the ex­er­cise took place with­out in­ci­dent and was over by noon.

The train­ing mis­sion, “de­signed to hone NORAD’s in­ter­cept and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion op­er­a­tions through a se­ries of Air Na­tional Guard F-15 and Civil Air Pa­trol C-182 air­craft train­ing flights,” was re­lated to pa­trols by the mil­i­tary when Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump spends week­ends in Palm Beach, au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day.

They also re­minded avi­a­tors the pres­i­dent plans to be at Mar-a-Lago this week­end, and pi­lots who plan to be in the area should check the “no­tice to air­men” — aka NOTAM — the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sues ev­ery time there’s a pres­i­den­tial flight re­stric­tion.

When the pres­i­dent vis­its his win­ter White House, all air op­er­a­tions, with a few ex­cep­tions, are pro­hib­ited within the 10-mile in­ner cir­cle ring cen­tered on Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Cer­tain op­er­a­tions are al­lowed in the outer ring ex­tend­ing 30 miles from the air­port.

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