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UploadedMay 24, 2009
TakenMay 23, 2009
Exposure1/400 sec at f/11
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Focal Length200 mm
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When the air temperature and humidity is just right, a transonic vapor cone, also known as a Prandtl–Glauert singularity occurs. This vapor cone I caught is from an F/A-18/F Super Hornet traveling approximately 600-900 MPH. My guess is it was just under 700 MPH. It was the loudest thing I ever heard. There was no post processing done to this photo, it is straight out of camera.

From the Jones Beach 2009 Memorial Day Air Show in Long Island, NY.

14 responses

  • Northline

    Northline gave props (24 May 2009):


  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (24 May 2009):

    very well done

  • Francois Richard

    Francois Richard gave props (24 May 2009):

    Good time good place, nice shot

  • Erik Kolstad

    Erik Kolstad gave props (26 May 2009):

    That is fantastic. My jaw dropped whan I saw this.

  • Florin C.

    Florin C. said (20 Jan 2010):

    Thank you everyone!

  • Mervyn Dublin

    Mervyn Dublin (Deleted) gave props (24 Sep 2010):

    Hi Florin, this is an excellent shot! Love it! Voted

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (26 Sep 2010):


  • Suzanne Arnold

    Suzanne Arnold (Deleted) gave props (22 Oct 2010):

    Wow, that is spectacular! Love it! Voted.

  • Nimesh Desai

    Nimesh Desai gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Great Shot.

  • joshua jackman

    joshua jackman gave props (2 Dec 2010):

    I agree with erik my jaw dropped too.

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2011):


  • Florin C.

    Florin C. said (19 Jan 2011):

    Thanks, guys

  • T

    T gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    Sweet shot!

  • Isabelle Dethier

    Isabelle Dethier gave props (20 Feb 2011):

    wow absolutely amazing

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