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F18 Jet flys by a carrier and water precipitates from the shock wave in a donut-shaped cloud

This is extra ordinary photography, once in a life time photo. Hope you  enjoy.  Every so often, just the right combination of conditions and events  occur to create an unbelievable event - in this case an F-18 passing through  the sound barrier. Not only were the water vapor, density and temperature  just right, but there just happened to be a camera in the vicinity to  capture the moment.
At first, the F-18 is actually in transonic flight, with normal shock  waves emanating from behind the canopy and across the wings and fuselage.  The condition will last for only an instant, and once supersonic flow exists  completely around the aircraft, sharp-angled sonic cones replace the normal shock waves.
The odds of getting a shot like this have to be staggering.  and imagine the crack! as it goes supersonic just as it is even with the ship!!!

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