|The main entrance of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, TX.|
Courtesy NBC5 News.
April 30, 2012, just minutes before 10:00 a.m., residents of Granbury and surrounding areas were surprised and shaken by two loud "booms."
While some thought there was an earthquake, others feared that the local nuclear power plant, Comanche Peak, had exploded.
Frightened residents contacted DFW's NBC5 News and soon the answer came from local aircraft manufacturer, Lockheed Martin's spokesman, Norman Robbins.
"Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was contacted this morning by various media outlets reporting that listeners heard a supersonic boom this morning in Johnson County (Godley) and also from the Granbury area. The company did have supersonic flight activity underway this morning and while the activity generally occurs at very high altitudes, atmospheric conditions sometime result in disturbances on the ground. The testing is a normal part of the manufacturing process used for preparing military aircraft for our customers."
According to the NBC5 report, "Lockheed would not provide any specifics on the type of aircraft being tested."
One report I received from a man in Granbury stated:
"I actually saw the sonic air wave disturbance, with this one. You know how everything is distorted slightly in a circular pattern around a blast, as the percussion waves push outward. You can see that in video clips of massive explosions. I saw that today. Just as the blast wave hit us, everything became completely out of focus, a split second after the booms. We thought the giant cottonwood tree was going to fall on us. The tree was swaying back and forth, and over a dozen branches came crashing down all around us. I have storm glass through out the house, since the last boom we had. I know that there are broken windows all over Granbury today. We heard many, many police sirens right after the boom as well."
One witness posted a comment to this blog, stating:
"We just heard an unexplained explosion that shook our house, just North of Granbury. It sounded like it came from south. My first thought was Glenrose. We drove around to a look out point and don't see anything. We put the news on and nothing. It was so weird. I googled and found this post about it also happening last year."
My question is, if this is true and Lockheed Martin was conducting flight activity on the morning of April 30, 2012, then why are these supersonic aircraft being "tested" over highly populated areas?
-Sunny Williams, LITS
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