180th confirms sonic boom occurred during functional check flight Thursday

Published: Aug. 31, 2023 at 6:02 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The 180th Fighter Wing has confirmed that the loud noise heard by many in the area Thursday evening was a sonic boom that occurred during a functional check flight.

The flight is a detailed check of the engine to make sure that it is operating at full capacity. The goal of the functional check flight is to push the aircraft to its limit and during the check on Aug. 31, the aircraft broke the sound barrier, creating the sonic boom.

The loud boom was heard by many around 5:30 p.m.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says the 180th Fighter Wing is in the air for training exercises which are expected to continue throughout the night. The office said there is no emergency.