Aviation Photo #2087280 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet - USA - Navy

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Shockwave's Schlieren effect! Air compressed by jet's pressure wave so light is bent thus this phenomenon. Awkward crop due to jet out racing panning with a handheld Canon 1Ds MKIII + 600m L IS lens. Schlieren techniques have been used for decades in laboratory wind tunnels to visualize supersonic flow about model aircraft, but not full scale aircraft until recently. Dr. Leonard Weinstein of NASA Langley Research Center developed the first Schlieren camera but this picture is using a normal camera.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    USA - Navy
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
    McDonnell Douglas
    0243/A193
    162411
    Houston - Ellington Field (AFB)
    Texas
    USA
    October 31, 2009
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Comments (20)

Anonymous
4 years ago
I love these shockwave/vortex pics. These type of picws help a lot to understand fluid mechanics.(Ali Aminzadeh)
Anonymous
4 years ago
Suresh, that is mind blowing!! wow!
...manny
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great shot Suresh. Really great visualization for aspiring aero engineers. - Oliver KBOS
Anonymous
4 years ago
I love the awkward crop!It shows just how fast the plane is going. One could say that you caught the tail end of the show!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Beautiful catch, especially considering how fast the airplane must have been traveling!

~Vik
Anonymous
4 years ago
Fantastic photo, The schlieren optical system in my University laboratory struggles to get pictures this clear!
Anonymous
4 years ago
What a capture!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Awesome! Tony
Anonymous
4 years ago
I'm going to pretend it's just bending the fabric of space time :) nice shot
Anonymous
4 years ago
This is a scientific picture, one of the most amazing pictures ever
Anonymous
4 years ago
Very cool picture! Nicely done!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wow, congrats dude! One step forward in science at a time!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Excellent!!!!!!!!!! Shockwaves!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
4 years ago
BOOM! Bang-Zoom; Straight to the Moon Alice!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Kind of ironic that aircraft 411 is giving us the "411" on what the shockwaves Schlieren effect looks like... Great catch!!!
Anonymous
4 years ago
WOW! I've never seen anything like that! Cool shot!
Anonymous
4 years ago
I love physics .
Anonymous
4 years ago
Looks like evidence of a top secret Flux Capacitor to me...
Anonymous
3 years ago
Wow. This is amazing. 5 stars.

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