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Old 10-09-2007, 07:21 AM   #1
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October 9, 2007: Blue Angel makes pass over Frisco Bay boaters



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Fishermen and pleasure boats got a treat after a member of the US Navy Blue Angels aerial aerobatic team made a high-speed pass right in front of them.

The manoeuvre sent a huge water vapour cloud radiating from the F-18 fighter during an air show in the San Francisco Bay area yesterday.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:06 AM   #2
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:26 AM   #3
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Would've been funny if it got caught in a net.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:48 AM   #4
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:45 AM   #5
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I call BS. Has got to be photoshop.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:04 AM   #6
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Here's the bit of the pic they cropped.....
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:11 AM   #7
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It is an interesting photo . . . generally, in order to take a photo of something moving fast like that, you have to use a really fast shutter speed. And if you use a fast shutter speed, I wouldn't think you'd get the kind of motion blur that's showing on the boats in this picture.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:16 AM   #8
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I think the photographer was panning with the jet and also using a pretty high shutter speed.

Or maybe it was photoshopped. I tend to believe it's real though. Even though it looks unreal.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:18 AM   #9
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:31 AM   #10
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I call BS. Has got to be photoshop.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:36 AM   #11
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That's not a "water vapor cloud" around the jet; that's a weird phenomenon that you get for a moment when a jet breaks the sound barrier: Google Images link.

I suspect that if a jet broke the sound barrier that close to a bunch of boats, people would be deafened. There might also be criminal charges involved for the pilot.

So yeah, Photoshop is my guess.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:46 AM   #12
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That's not a "water vapor cloud" around the jet; that's a weird phenomenon that you get for a moment when a jet breaks the sound barrier: Google Images link.

I suspect that if a jet broke the sound barrier that close to a bunch of boats, people would be deafened. There might also be criminal charges involved for the pilot.

So yeah, Photoshop is my guess.
I knew I had seen that before, but I couldn't remember where. I found the photo I was thinking of by following your link. I think BS.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:53 AM   #13
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From MM's link:


similar but not identical. why bother to shop another?
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:26 PM   #14
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similar but not identical. why bother to shop another?
There are a few more at MM's link. Apparently they do this at air shows a lot.

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During the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration at the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida in May 1998, one FA-18 "Hornet" makes a low pass at nearly 750 MPH (near the speed of sound) to startle the crowd. In this picture, the jet creates a visible shock-wave that envelopes part of the airplane and leaves a white trail of spray in the sea surface from the violent shock wave. You cannot hear the airplane until after it has passed with a loud bang or "boom". The aircraft here cannot fly any faster because the shock waves will break windows in Fort Lauderdale, so the pilot just nudges his airspeed to just under MACH 1.0 to create a small shock wave (that will dissapate farther from the plane) to "wow" the spectators. Very cool to see, and hard to get on video!
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:41 PM   #15
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I still think it was a Bush family vacation, though
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