Effect of Sonic Booms on the Hatchability of Chicken Eggs and Other Studies of Aircraft-Generated Noise Effects on Animals

  • Jack M. Heinemann


White leghorn chicken eggs were incubated for 21 days in an area where 30 or more sonic booms per day were produced by Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Aircraft. The overpressures generated were equal to or much greater than those normally produced by operational military aircraft or estimated to be produced by the proposed supersonic transport (SST). The hatchability of the experimental eggs (percent of eggs set which hatched) was not reduced by exposure to over 600 sonic booms.


Mental Health United States Environmental Health Physiological Effect Life Science 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack M. Heinemann
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  1. 1.USAF Environmental Health LaboratoryKelly Air Force BaseUSA

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