Military Fighters at High Speed 


In this chapter you find some nice pics from Military planes with highspeed and lots of  condensation over the wings. Unfortunately only a few types of planes has this effect, but those who has are great.


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Condensation is forming in visible clouds because a sudden pressure drop has cooled the air, bringing the air in that region to a temperature/pressure state where the water vapor condenses. The pressure over the wing, in particular is lower than the surrounding air and the molecules are actually further apart, not closer together. No "pushing" is going on. That's what you see the clouds form on the lee side of aircraft protrubences (like the canopy) or other areas where there is some flow separation, and not ahead of them - that's where the real compression of the air (pushing) is going on. All this is possible when the plane is close to the soudbarrier, for some explanation about the soundbarrier CLICK HERE

Do you want more info about shockwaves check  PROFESSOR M.S. CRAMER site, click here


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