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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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    I. Gunawan
    USA - Navy
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas
    0171/A133
    161959
    5
    San Francisco
    California
    USA
    October 9, 2005
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Wowee, you can even see the shockwave!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The shockwaves!
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW WOW Superb. Pozdrawiam Mati
Anonymous
11 years ago
A real impression of speed and power. The perfect way to spend taxpayer's money!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This one could make it into the Editors Choice Section as you can see the soundwaves as clear as water...
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible... the clarity of the cones is just amazing. Great work!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice Shot!, cant wait to see the blues this year.
NVM airliner's! ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
There appears to be a prismatic effect of the pressure waves that look like "spears."
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can I give it 10 stars?!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very good
Anonymous
11 years ago
Break the sound barrier!!! Sonic wave hits the water!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sweet...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot! This is why the pilots want to fly.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, very nice and spectecular one. Well done!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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 . . .
Anonymous
11 years ago
So sharp you can even see the chock waves of the sound barrier. Amazing!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This one is simply perfect!! unbelievable effect and a very clear pictuce! WOW !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing! Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is also a visualization of the ground effect. I don't recall having seen this before. GREAT!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Is that a sonic wave?
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply outstanding. Congratulations on this very fortunate shot..
Anonymous
11 years ago
The most amazing photo i've seen on a.net! Look at those soundwaves!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful!....very nice catch of the action!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Real Power!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wonderful pilot and wonderful photograf

Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing! perfect conditions, perfect plane, perfect picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I CAN FEEL THE FORCE!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I was there, the show was not that great over all but this pic is definitely the bees knees
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. Simply amazing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply awesome! You'll never see a T-bird do this.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's a Five Star
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow super f-18 blunge angel
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot because of the sonic boom efect on the water
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. I thought it's not possible/permitted to brake sound barrier on such a low altitude. This pilot has cojones.
Anonymous
11 years ago
So low
Anonymous
11 years ago
Brilliant shot. can see lots of detail in the rear..
the Blue Angels ROCK !
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Better than the SU-30s! :P
Nice work.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
COOL!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Effin sweet!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool nice not blurred
Anonymous
11 years ago
The impression of speed is quite clear in the focus of the jet and the background. great composition.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The focus is dead on. nice.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fake
Anonymous
11 years ago
W00t
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful action shot and it doesn't hurt that it's a spectacular image.
Anonymous
11 years ago
"great shot!"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Boring!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
11 years ago
AWESOME!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This jet makes a striking image set against the marina and San Francisco Bay.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's crazy low
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice framing, just enough blur to convey motion without making it hard to look at, and freakin' great timing on the shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Takes GIGANTC balls to do that. I salute those pilots
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its is a rare photo of a jet at mach 1, the mist about the plane and the trail ,wake, in the water.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Tis cool
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's an aircraft breaching the sound barrier just a few metres above the water. What more can you ask for?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Engine exhaust/sea water reaction.
Anonymous
11 years ago
How often does an aircraft leave a visible wake in the water?
Anonymous
11 years ago
EXCELLENT FOREGROUND CLARITY. REALITY MEETS IMPRESSIONISM.
JD
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Soooo... can YOU fly a fighter jet at Mach 1 just 30 feet in the air? Major props to the guys who can.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing, technology at work.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Tight!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's a freaking sonic boom.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. Once in a life time shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Right over a grey whale surfacing. What timing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
How do you think those rich people in their pretty yachts liked the sonic boom removing their windows?
Anonymous
11 years ago
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?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding! Go Navy!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The focus and composition is great. Surely the water vapour is due to the turbulence and vortices and not due to supersonic speed
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love the roster tail off the tail end!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Man that is sweet. Hell ya for America
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice to capture the essence of the F-18 during demonstration. Hard to capture but someone did their homework.
Anonymous
11 years ago
These guys are the best of the best. Lead solo #5 is one sneaky guy!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The aircraft is not breaking the sound barrier, just to let you wittle pwane watchers know.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I guess no matter what the navy uses, they make a wake!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The Blue Angels RULE. They RULE! Best team in the world! Great picture!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I've seen the condensation many times at high speed, but getting it on film? Timing, Focus, absolutely beautiful!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I just loved
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Captured a mock diamond in detail
Anonymous
10 years ago
It is very intersting to see how the air refracts light differently in the different pressure regions.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Getting the Plane sharp with good blur, and getting the wave are just great!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Go Navy!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I got to get me one of those!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome! Superb picture capturing the shock waves off the leading edges and canopy as the aircraft is going transonic.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome, this picture really shows how much force is behind those jets.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic, so close to the water. Great photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
What A Great Shot! Keep up the good Work.......
Anonymous
9 years ago
The most amazing photo ! Look at those soundwaves!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
To look closely and physically SEE the distortion of the sound/heat waves in this is awesome!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Shock wave really visible
Anonymous
9 years ago
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
Anonymous
9 years ago
Who is faster? #5 or Gunawan ? Good job!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Look at the clarity of the pilot, and the distortion of the boats behind. This is a shot by a master photographer!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Perfect time... nice man! 5stars
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wonder how many fish that killed. Since fish are very sensitive to shortwaves.
Anonymous
8 years ago
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
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing photo!!!!! i once flew over golden gate bridge, long, long time ago.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thanks for sharing
M.R.N.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Whoa, awesome!!!!!!
1 month ago
Yes, very good flying skill and lots of Passion and courage required.
Indian pilots fly very conservatively and have poor control on fighter jets. They would fly their machine at higher and safer altitudes and you would Never find a picture of Indian fighter jet making making an aggressive maneuver. .

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