The Brazilian Air Force has suspended a pilot who flew his fighter jet over the speed limit and broke glass windows of the presidential palace and the Supreme Court. Free 2 month digital pass
"The pilot has been temporarily relieved of his air activities and could face sanctions," the air force said in a statement.
The incident occurred on Sunday during an aerobatic flight display in Brasilia to mark the 60th anniversary of the Brazilian Air Force's Aerial Demonstration Squadron popularly known as "Smoke Squadron".
The air force said one of the aircraft taking part in the display "exceeded the prescribed speed for this type of mission, reaching around 1100 kilometers an hour".
"It did not break the sound barrier but the air mass displacement was enough to break glass panes," it noted.
The air force however stressed that the flight over the main square between the presidential palace and the Supreme Court met safety regulations and that there was no risk of an accident.
Press reports said some 100 glass windows were broken, with damage that could exceed $40,000.
Some years ago [1964 perhaps?] there were some USAF F105 Thunderchiefs at OH and one deliberately broke the sound barrier out at sea off Santoft. It was clearly heard, but not earth-shattering but that didn't stop numerous Manawatu cow cockies claiming broken windows!