06 February 2010

The coolest video of an F-18 breaking the sound barrier you will see all day


"It breaks the sound barrier before it gets
to the ship, then it slows down a bit and breaks the sound barrier a second time right near the ship. This second time, you can see the shock form at the nose of the plane, then "slide back" to the tail. The mach cone has such a big opening angle, because the plane is traveling only slightly faster than the sound speed."

Source: http://physics.ucsd.edu/students/courses/fall2001/physics2c/

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