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Military Fighters at High Speed 

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the F-16 Falcon

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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 General Dynamics F-16A (at the present adopted by Lockheed) is an American made single-seat tactical fighter/bomber.

PERFORMANCE: F-16 A: Wing span: 10,01 m.(over missiles) Length: 14,52 m. Height: 5,01 m. Max. speed: Mach 1.95 (2074 km/h, 1288 mph.) Empty weight: 14,567 lbs.(6607 kg.) Max. weight: 33,000 lbs.(14968 kg.) Powerplant: one Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 afterburning turbofan Thrust: 14,670 lbs.(6654 kg.) With Afterburner: 23,830 lbs.(10809 kg.)

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