Air Force X-37B lands with sonic boom in Central Florida

May 7, 2017 8:57 pm Last Updated: May 7, 2017 8:57 pm

A sonic boom hit Central Florida as a secret military shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center, according to reports.

“The Air Force #X37B #OTV4 has returned from orbit and landed safely at @NASAKennedy,” the Air Force tweeted Sunday. It was referring to the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which completed its 2-year mission in orbit around the Earth, reported.

“The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold; reusable spacecraft technologies for America’s future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth,” officials told the website.

Two similar Air Force shuttles have completed the mission.

The sonic boom could be heard throughout Central Florida.

According to, “Depending on the specific path the X-37B follows in its entry sequence – currently understood to be a descending node entry over portions of the United States and Florida – large swathes of Central Florida could be graced with twin sonic booms during the morning commute as the X-37B rather insistently heralds its arrival back home.”