Military Fighters at High Speed 

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the F-18 Hornet

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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.

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PERFORMANCE F-18 HORNET: Wing span:.11,43 m.Length:.17,07 m. Height:.4,66 m.Max. speed:.Mach 1.8 (1915 km/h, 1190 mph) Empty weight:.23,050 lbs.(10455 kg.) Max. weight:.49,224 lbs.(22328 kg.) Powerplant:.two General Electric F404-GE-400 afterburning turbofans Thrust:.9,230 lbs.(4186 kg.) (each) With Afterburner:.16,000 lbs.(7257 kg.) (each)

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