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Plane Pr0n – F-22 Raptor Going Supersonic!

I came across this picture on the Internet today and I just could not resist sharing it with all of my readers.  It’s just freaking AWESOME!!!

GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise focusing on detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Ronald Dejarnett/Released)

GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise focusing on detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Ronald Dejarnett/Released)

The caption tells the tale better than I can.  I will say that the condensation you see in the picture is the result of the shock waves that are created by the aircraft as it travels faster than the speed of sound.  Unlike what you may have read in some emails, this doesn’t just happen at the moment the jet goes supersonic – it stays around as long as the jet stays supersonic and there’s enough moisture in the air.

I still can’t get over just how cool this picture is 8)

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