Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Speed Of Sound Captures

Here are a few photos of a beautiful visual effect that occurs when an aircraft approaches the speed of sound. For just an instant, a cloud forms around the aircraft. Known as a Prandtl-Glauert condensation cloud, this is typically seen when a high speed aircraft approaches the speed of sound low to the ground, in high humidity conditions. The cloud forms and dissipates in the blink of an eye.

Aviation photographers who know about this try hard to capture it. It makes a wonderful, impressive photo.

All Photos Credit US Navy.

1 comment:

addie said...

I almost cried, those photos caught something truly spectacular!
Thank you for posting them!