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Fleet Week 2011: Sneak pass with shock collar and visible pressure wave

Here we can see another shock collar at the rear of the aircraft as moisture condenses in high-pressure regions of the shockwave. Also notice the compressed air causing ripples of distortion below and above the aircraft near the wings.

 

Rest of the 2011 Blue Angels pics are here. Also see 2010, 2009 and 2008.

 

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For other San Francisco fun, also see: SF Pride 2011, Carnaval SF 2011, Bay to Breakers 2011, and the How Weird Street Faire 2011 and other San Francisco Madness.

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Taken on October 8, 2011