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peculiar hailstone
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not sure if anyone's seen this one before, but it's supposedly a photo of a jet breaking the sound barrier. Thoughts?

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it came from this site

http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/Odd_Pics.html

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Joe Bentley
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The picture is legit. It was taken by Ensign John Gay aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation on July 9th, 1999 off the coast of Hawaii. The plane pictured is an F/A-18C Hornet Strike Fighter.

The picture won the World Press Photo 2000 contest.

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thanks

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And here's how it was taken, for you photo buffs.

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Didn't sound quite right, so I googled:

Truth or Fiction

In brief, it is likely the aeroplane is travelling faster than sound. It is unlikely the photo records the moment when it broke the sound barrier.

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In the spirit of the first pic, here's a couple more interesting condensation events:

F-14 in a high angle-of-attack turn. The condensation is caused by the low pressure area above the wings, and more pronounced since the wing is at a high AoA (probably close to stall).

This picture is quite interesting. It looks like the starboard wing is close to stall (the plane looks to be in a right-wing-down attitude). The trail off the starboard wingtip is curious, perhaps because of the camera angle. I'd guess it's from the wingtip vortex, which would be pretty strong if the wing was close to stall, combined with steam from the catapult. Also note that both rudders are turned inboard, to help the aircraft pitch up.

This one is pretty neat...It's an AH-1W landing on the USS Kearsarge. The condensation from the rotor-tip vortices is beautifly backlit by the sun.

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