Boom town


As a kid I lived about five miles as the jet flies from what was then known as O'Hare Field. Our house was situated directly under a flight path, and there was a plane either taking off or landing every 90 seconds or so.

So the music of my childhood pretty much was composed of rattling windows, chipping china and sonic booms. We all grew accustomed to the cacophony and, perhaps more importantly, nobody even thought of doing anything about it. O'Hare was simply a fact of our lives.

Today, I admire 77-year-old Harry Pusey who took on a like situation in his hometown of Troon, England, and won. Pusey fought for two years to modify the Concorde's flight plan to divert the sonic booms it triggered directly over his house every night.

British Airways has promised to remedy the situation by slowing the plane down earlier, thus creating the sonic booms over the ocean. You're quite a guy, Harry Pusey.


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