Aviation Photo #0946082 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet - Switzerland - Air Force

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The shot I was aiming for when I went to Axalp.
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    Axalp
    Switzerland
    October 11, 2005
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Anonymous
12 years ago
Very nice shot Dirk! Greetz Michael
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great shot Dirk!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
I always love seeing these types shots. I just hope the resulting sonic boom (if it did go supersonic) did not set off any avalanches, looks kind of mountainous there.
Anonymous
12 years ago
This is an amazing picture, but could someone explain what's going on here?
Anonymous
12 years ago
This photo is absolutely superb! Great capture! The effects are truly amazing!
Anonymous
12 years ago
To the visitor from Canada:
I believe you know the effect called "Doppler effect" if for example a car drives past its sound seems to be higher if it approaches and lower if it goes away. Same here with a plane but this one is exactly as fast as the sound waves it emits! The result is the famous sonic barrier. The sound waves being nothing other than compressed air build this sonic barrier which becomes visible because of condensation of water in humid environment.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Wow, very nice picture! Grtz Toon
Anonymous
12 years ago
Its cool cus it going faster than sound
Anonymous
12 years ago
Superb! A sure fire desktop pic.
There is a long record of great shots of Swiss AF fast jets in action, this carries on this tradition.
Anonymous
12 years ago
A real stunning picture! Well done!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great pic, although I reckon that the plane isn't going at the speed of sound, just quite close to it, and moisture in the air is being compressed and made visible. I think...
Anonymous
12 years ago
Simply stunning lucky shot i know how fast this effect can form and disappear!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great shot, I`ve been there this time. If can make it , do it and go ta axalp. Never seen something amazing. Real gun-shooting just 300ft away from you in the middle of the swiss mountains.The best I´ve ever seen. And by the way, the pilots were not allowed to fly supersonic.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Totally awesome dude!! Keep up the good work!! Need more shots like this!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice panning effect !
Anonymous
11 years ago
AWESOME!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome shot. Well done.

By the way, the aircraft is probably not travelling supersonic. The misting effect you see is indeed due to shock waves, but these are created as the flow is accelerating (from a high subsonic Mach number) over the wing which is pushing the local flow supersonic. There is a rapid temperature and pressure increase through a shock wave, which in the right humidity can lead to misting.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Been there n beyond so often. Never looked out back. A fantabulous photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Shows the great "AUREA" around Swiss Airforce !!! Unbeliavable !!!

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