is that exact pic on a.net or is that a different one. it looks very similar to me to one i have seen on a.net. just asking b/c i know the date of the a.net pic is a lot older than last week. (when i say exact i mean either "exact" or exact meaning the same plane taken at the same time from 2 diff. cameras)
CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1681 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8442 times:
Quoting AS739X (Reply 5): Ok, besides the pic, did anyone look at the text? It says the F-18 is breaking the sound barrier at the Salinas Airshow. Ummh, I don't think so! Typical press BS, misleading!
Ahh..Maybe I am missing something here, but how exactly is that BS???? Actually the aircraft is breaking the sound barrier, as I recall the condensation forms just as the aircraft pushes through Mach 1. Maybe I missed something there!!
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8199 times:
The photo is credited by name to a photographer from the Monterey County Herald, and I do know of some photographers that got similar photos at this year's Salinas Airshow, so I don't doubt the authenticity of it.
Columbia107 From Gibraltar, joined Aug 2004, 358 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3671 times:
Quoting Aeroguy (Reply 12): A plane doesn't necessarily need to be supersonic to have that vapor cloud form.
Although I agree with thiscomment, the November issue of "Air & Space" also carries a photograph of an F/A-8 surrounded by a vapor cloud carrying the quote that "air pressure changes. combined with the right humitidy levels, result in a condensation clouds as this F/A-18 passes through the sound barrier"
Now one considers Smithsonian's "Air & Space" to be a reputable member of the aerospace press. I guess one could say that it "is the right humidity levels" which generates such a spectacle for all aviation buffs.