Aeronautics
Aeronautics
F/A-18C++
F/A-18C++

The Hornets, Supers, and Growlers are flying through Star Wars Canyon, in particular this section known as The Jedi Transition. The premier low level canyon training area in the United States.

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Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, carrier name Rhino... this was the USN F-4B/JS short hand name until retirement in 1987. Reused in 2000 to differentiate between the “Legacy Hornet” which goes by Bug.
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, carrier name Rhino... this was the USN F-4B/JS short hand name until retirement in 1987. Reused in 2000 to differentiate between the “Legacy Hornet” which goes by Bug.
E/A-18G Growler Electronic Attack/Warfare Super Hornet varaint.
E/A-18G Growler Electronic Attack/Warfare Super Hornet varaint.
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Growler with jamming pods but no inboard external fuel tanks, very rarely seen without.
Growler with jamming pods but no inboard external fuel tanks, very rarely seen without.

Tornados and Strike Eagles, also known as the Mudhen, flying the Mach Loop... the European canyon training area.

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Royal Air Force, RAF, Panavia Tornado at the Mach Loop in Wales, UK
Royal Air Force, RAF, Panavia Tornado at the Mach Loop in Wales, UK
F-15E Strike Eagle, two seater heavy attack fighter of the USAF and several export customers. Contrails from wingtip vortices combined with a “Vapor Cloud” atop the plane. Created by localized transonic pressure differentials as parts of the shockwaves form as the airflow around the frame moves at different speeds by speed and G Force level. Normally seen at Mach .8 and higher humidity and elevation also play a role. The contrails are present for this whole turn but the Visible Vapor Cloud, which forms from localized low pressure behind and underneath the shockwave, is only momentarily seen for most of this turn.
F-15E Strike Eagle, two seater heavy attack fighter of the USAF and several export customers. Contrails from wingtip vortices combined with a “Vapor Cloud” atop the plane. Created by localized transonic pressure differentials as parts of the shockwaves form as the airflow around the frame moves at different speeds by speed and G Force level. Normally seen at Mach .8 and higher humidity and elevation also play a role. The contrails are present for this whole turn but the Visible Vapor Cloud, which forms from localized low pressure behind and underneath the shockwave, is only momentarily seen for most of this turn.
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Illustration for article titled Hard Deck: Way Low Level, Loops, and Jedi
Top wing store has a Aim-9 and a range tracking device, inboard is empty and an AMRAAM with no fins. The missiles are there for training with their seekers.
Top wing store has a Aim-9 and a range tracking device, inboard is empty and an AMRAAM with no fins. The missiles are there for training with their seekers.
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Massive wing but no leading edge control surfaces... very unusual on a modern fighter.
Massive wing but no leading edge control surfaces... very unusual on a modern fighter.
The wrinkled texture of the variable ramp intakes are gorgeous
The wrinkled texture of the variable ramp intakes are gorgeous
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Note scratches,bottom right, around the aerial refueling door caused by the Boom scraping around trying to make or keep contact. The m61 Vulcan cannon resides in the other “Wing Glove”
Note scratches,bottom right, around the aerial refueling door caused by the Boom scraping around trying to make or keep contact. The m61 Vulcan cannon resides in the other “Wing Glove”
Wisps of blue bapor... the top stabilizer has an interesting pattern of water condensation
Wisps of blue bapor... the top stabilizer has an interesting pattern of water condensation

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