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the F-14D Tomcat

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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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The American build Grumman F-14D Tomcat has improved digital avionics and new engines. The F-14 was designed to protect the carrier battle group and destroy far away targets. The new F-14D made its first flight in 1990.

PERFORMANCE: F-14D: Wing span: 64 ft 2 in (19,55 m) Lenght: 62 ft 8 in (19,10 m) Height: 16 ft (4,88 m) Max. speed: 1,241 mph (1997 km/h) Empty weight: 41,780 lbs (18951 kg) Max weight: 74,439 lbs (33724 kg) Powerplant: two GE F110-GE-400 turbofans Thrust: 14,000 lb (62,3 kN) dry each

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