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161959 / 5 (cn 0171/A133) Fleet Week 2005. Blue Angels 5 making a very low and very high speed pass over the San Francisco bay creating a spectacular effect. Wow!
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A visitor from Finland posted Wed October 19, 2011:
Whoa, awesome!!!!!!

A visitor from - posted Thu December 31, 2009:
Thanks for sharing
M.R.N.

A visitor from - posted Tue October 27, 2009:
Amazing photo!!!!! i once flew over golden gate bridge, long, long time ago.

A visitor from - posted Wed June 17, 2009:
It's called the Prandtl–Glauert Singularity.(try wikipedia) It forms at close to the speed of sound. The volume inside the cone formed from the nose to the leading edge of the condensation cloud is under very high pressure. (Which is why drag increases exponentially the faster you go. Origin of the term sound barrier.) The cloud forms in the relative low pressure behind the high pressure but only in atmospheres of high moisture. It only occurs close to the speed of sound but it occurs around every aircraft going that fast. It's only visible when you add moisture. In this photo there are two, one at the tail the other at the canopy. The boundary between the two areas of different pressure is a visible shimmer in the cone similar to heat lensing off a hot surface. You can see it above and below the '5' on the tail and above the rear of the canopy. The masts on the boats below the engine intake are also being distorted by this effect. Sorry for the tedious lecture but the number of people who think this is the 'sound barrier'(no such thing) being broken is getting me down. It is a condensation effect close to the speed of sound. Great effort. All of the effects described above are difficult to capture so clearly. Well done

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 9, 2008:
Wonder how many fish that killed. Since fish are very sensitive to shortwaves.

A visitor from - posted Mon November 17, 2008:
Perfect time... nice man! 5stars

A visitor from - posted Fri September 12, 2008:
Look at the clarity of the pilot, and the distortion of the boats behind. This is a shot by a master photographer!

A visitor from - posted Tue September 9, 2008:
Who is faster? #5 or Gunawan ? Good job!

A visitor from Taiwan posted Mon June 30, 2008:
It's hard to get the shot like this angle unless to stand on the boat.Also hard work to make it stable to get the shot like this if stand on the boat

A visitor from France posted Sat June 28, 2008:
Shock wave really visible

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 20, 2008:
To look closely and physically SEE the distortion of the sound/heat waves in this is awesome!!!

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Fri September 28, 2007:
The most amazing photo ! Look at those soundwaves!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 22, 2007:
What A Great Shot! Keep up the good Work.......

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon August 6, 2007:
Fantastic, so close to the water. Great photo.

A visitor from United States posted Sun July 29, 2007:
Making a statement in the place of my birth!!
The city of Oakland(former Oak Knolls Naval Hospital) with the reason of my favorite air demo team/squadron and military aircraft.
Rock the boat,baby and show 'em some sting!!

A visitor from - posted Fri July 13, 2007:
Awesome, this picture really shows how much force is behind those jets.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed June 13, 2007:
Awesome! Superb picture capturing the shock waves off the leading edges and canopy as the aircraft is going transonic.

A visitor from Spain posted Wed March 7, 2007:
Nice shot

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 28, 2007:
I got to get me one of those!

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 28, 2007:
Go Navy!

A visitor from United States posted Thu January 25, 2007:
Getting the Plane sharp with good blur, and getting the wave are just great!

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 18, 2006:
It is very intersting to see how the air refracts light differently in the different pressure regions.

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 12, 2006:
Captured a mock diamond in detail

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed October 11, 2006:
Awesome!

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri October 6, 2006:
I just loved

A visitor from United States posted Tue September 12, 2006:
I've seen the condensation many times at high speed, but getting it on film? Timing, Focus, absolutely beautiful!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon July 31, 2006:
The Blue Angels RULE. They RULE! Best team in the world! Great picture!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 3, 2006:
I guess no matter what the navy uses, they make a wake!

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 21, 2006:
The aircraft is not breaking the sound barrier, just to let you wittle pwane watchers know.

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 21, 2006:
These guys are the best of the best. Lead solo #5 is one sneaky guy!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue June 13, 2006:
Nice to capture the essence of the F-18 during demonstration. Hard to capture but someone did their homework.

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri June 9, 2006:
In the early 1990s, one of the Blue's F-18 flew Low, overhead MCAS El Toro's carpark & broke the sound barrier with an Almighty Boom. That incident shook the ground which immediately set off car alarms & Many in the crowd had a good laugh afterwards. The Blues forever!

A visitor from - posted Mon May 29, 2006:
No, this isn't a picture of a Blue Angel breaking mach 1. We (Naval Aviators) aren't allowed to break the sound barrier over the continental United States.

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 16, 2006:
Man that is sweet. Hell ya for America

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 16, 2006:
I love the roster tail off the tail end!

A visitor from South Africa posted Mon May 15, 2006:
The focus and composition is great. Surely the water vapour is due to the turbulence and vortices and not due to supersonic speed

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 15, 2006:
This is an awesome photo. A pilot who can do this has the bravery and skills needed in the military.

Someone in the UK said this photo was boring. He's entitled to his opinion, but I believe he's jealous becase the RAF can't do this.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Outstanding! Go Navy!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
If this pic shows a mach 1 speed and that is the shock wave from passing through,why aren't the boats all laying over?

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
How do you think those rich people in their pretty yachts liked the sonic boom removing their windows?

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Right over a grey whale surfacing. What timing!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Wow. Once in a life time shot.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
It's a freaking sonic boom.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Tight!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Amazing, technology at work.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Soooo... can YOU fly a fighter jet at Mach 1 just 30 feet in the air? Major props to the guys who can.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Great shot, I was on the water that day and we saw a great show. For all those commenting on this being mach 1 please consider returning to junior high school.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
EXCELLENT FOREGROUND CLARITY. REALITY MEETS IMPRESSIONISM.
JD

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
How often does an aircraft leave a visible wake in the water?

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Engine exhaust/sea water reaction.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 14, 2006:
It's an aircraft breaching the sound barrier just a few metres above the water. What more can you ask for?

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Incredible!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 14, 2006:
Tis cool

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Its is a rare photo of a jet at mach 1, the mist about the plane and the trail ,wake, in the water.

A visitor from - posted Sat May 13, 2006:
This is a marvelous shot, regardless of what it is depicting. The drag/ evaporation point made in the April 27 post was interesting, but I'm not sure I buy it.

I'll buy that air is being compressed at the nose and a negative pressure [the 'less dense air' point]is being generated aft, but I don't think that negative pressure is both creating this effect and allowing the mist to rise above the plane [away from the negative pressure]. This may actually be the shock wave.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Takes GIGANTC balls to do that. I salute those pilots

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Nice framing, just enough blur to convey motion without making it hard to look at, and freakin' great timing on the shot!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
That's crazy low

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
The clarity with which the aircraft is shown is amazing considering the speed involved. The visually apparent effect upon the water is also very spiffy.

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 13, 2006:
This jet makes a striking image set against the marina and San Francisco Bay.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
AWESOME!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
First of all the minimum altitude for aircraft flying over an inhabited area (a marina qualifys) Is 500 ft What makes this excellent is the pilot has only to blink wrong and he is toast There is no manuevering room at 50 ft at mach 1. Hell there is none at 200 mps at that altitude

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Great picture!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Boring!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
"great shot!"

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Beautiful action shot and it doesn't hurt that it's a spectacular image.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
W00t

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Fake

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Fantastic to see a fighter flying so fast and so low over the water. The (water) vapor trail and wake were a surprise, though understandable once you think about it.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
The focus is dead on. nice.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
The impression of speed is quite clear in the focus of the jet and the background. great composition.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Cool nice not blurred

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Effin sweet!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 13, 2006:
COOL!!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 12, 2006:
Ahhh..."Fleet Week." My favorite Bay Area pastime. Features parade of ships, different kinds of aircrafts, Fat Albert Airlines, & finally the Blue Angels aerial exhibition team. You can also tour the USS Coronado & other navy ships if they're doing an open house. Then topped off by a Navy Ball in Alameda. Celebrates the b-day of the US Navy.

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 1, 2006:
Better than the SU-30s! :P
Nice work.

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 27, 2006:
This is actually formed by the evaporation of water, drag and speed. The movement of the aircraft is creating the air to become less dense due to the amount of drag. You are seeing the cloud forming around the largest part of the plane with the highest amount of drag. Would be cool, but this is not the sound barrier. This form only happens over lakes or oceans.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 19, 2006:
Brilliant shot. can see lots of detail in the rear..
the Blue Angels ROCK !

A visitor from United States posted Fri April 14, 2006:
So low

A visitor from Poland posted Mon April 10, 2006:
Wow. I thought it's not possible/permitted to brake sound barrier on such a low altitude. This pilot has cojones.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu April 6, 2006:
The shockwave formation is a great educational point for those interested in that sort of thing. You get an idea of speed from the backdrop and height from the shockwave/sea interaction. A great dynamic shot.

A visitor from United States posted Sat April 1, 2006:
Nice shot because of the sonic boom efect on the water

A visitor from United States posted Sat April 1, 2006:
The photo is beautiful, but whats even more incredible is the pilot holding in ground effect at high speeds, especially since unlike low passes over land, you lose some depth perception over water and it's hard to tell how high you are from the water, some real nice flying.

A visitor from Germany posted Wed March 22, 2006:
Wow super f-18 blunge angel

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 18, 2006:
It's a Five Star

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 15, 2006:
Wow

A visitor from - posted Mon March 13, 2006:
Simply awesome! You'll never see a T-bird do this.

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 12, 2006:
How did he do it? This is a "once in a lifetime" shot, to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and the quickness of eye and fingers to capture this.

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 12, 2006:
Wow. Simply amazing.

A visitor from Malta posted Sun March 12, 2006:
Superb shot...I managed to see 2 US F5s wen I was at San Francisco 4 yrs ago and they go right through the golden gate sadly i was not carrying my camera and they came surprisingly it was amazing to see them under the bridge!

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 12, 2006:
Wow I'm glad at least SOMEONE had grabbed a shot of this and got it on A.net! I saw it live too and boy was that a great flyby...the humidity that weekend made for some nice effects :D

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 11, 2006:
I was there, the show was not that great over all but this pic is definitely the bees knees

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Sat March 11, 2006:
I CAN FEEL THE FORCE!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Amazing! perfect conditions, perfect plane, perfect picture!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Wonderful pilot and wonderful photograf

A visitor from Singapore posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Hey Gunawan, you captured #5's "need for speed" high speed pass less than 30-feet above the waves perfectly. The only thing missing is the Roar from those twin F-404-GE engines!

A visitor from Mexico posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Real Power!!!

A visitor from Singapore posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Beautiful!....very nice catch of the action!

A visitor from Greece posted Sat March 11, 2006:
The most amazing photo i've seen on a.net! Look at those soundwaves!!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Simply outstanding. Congratulations on this very fortunate shot..

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat March 11, 2006:
It’s fantastic, you can see the pressure waves building from the aft, its very cool. First picture rating I have done, just felt compelled to comment. Top marks

A visitor from Lebanon posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Is that a sonic wave?

A visitor from Denmark posted Sat March 11, 2006:
This is also a visualization of the ground effect. I don't recall having seen this before. GREAT!!!

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Amazing! Great shot!

A visitor from Germany posted Sat March 11, 2006:
This one is simply perfect!! unbelievable effect and a very clear pictuce! WOW !!!

A visitor from Belgium posted Sat March 11, 2006:
So sharp you can even see the chock waves of the sound barrier. Amazing!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Wow! The plane can't be more than 20 feet off the deck and approaching the speed of sound. Now that's precision flying! Would have absolutely loved to have seen it in person . . .

A visitor from Germany posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Wow, very nice and spectecular one. Well done!!!

A visitor from Bulgaria posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Amazing shot! This is why the pilots want to fly.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Sweet...

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Break the sound barrier!!! Sonic wave hits the water!!!

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Very good

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Can I give it 10 stars?!

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 11, 2006:
There appears to be a prismatic effect of the pressure waves that look like "spears."

A visitor from Canada posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Nice Shot!, cant wait to see the blues this year.
NVM airliner's! ;)

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 11, 2006:
Incredible... the clarity of the cones is just amazing. Great work!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat March 11, 2006:
This is truly a remarkable picture. What a thrill it would be to fly something so beautiful. your position to get this shot one in a million. the clarity of the f18 is great. this plane is on the verge of breaking the sound berrier as shown by the wake. you have great equipment and know how to use it. congratulations

A visitor from France posted Sat March 11, 2006:
This one could make it into the Editors Choice Section as you can see the soundwaves as clear as water...

A visitor from Canada posted Sat March 11, 2006:
A real impression of speed and power. The perfect way to spend taxpayer's money!!!

A visitor from Poland posted Fri March 10, 2006:
WOW WOW Superb. Pozdrawiam Mati

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 10, 2006:
The shockwaves!

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri March 10, 2006:
Wowee, you can even see the shockwave!

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