Who Needs an Alarm Clock When You Have F/A-18s

Residents in the northern reaches of Los Angeles County could hear some booming noises early Thursday because of light testing planned at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

A series of F/A-18 flights were scheduled to be conducted from 8 to 8:30 a.m., possibly causing a series of sonic booms. The loudness of the booms varies depending on the atmospheric conditions at the time of the flights.

Depending on weather and other conditions, the test flights could be postponed until Friday.

According to NASA officials, the tests are part of an upcoming NASA study aimed at reducing the intensity of sonic booms.

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