Photo of the Day: Flare Vortices

Couldn’t resist not posting this one. The same anonymous blog reader who provided a link to the picture of a Prandtl-Glauert Singularity sent me this one. (Btw, the old post is so popular in the SEs it now have close to 15,000 page views)


The United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III Military Transport with the 14th Airlift Squadron located at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina has flown away after releasing flares over the Atlantic Ocean. Smoke from the flare salvo reveals a crisp, dramatic, startling, and beautiful visual of the turbulent air – including two vortices each with an “eye” – created by the C-17 Globemaster III as it flies through the air. May 16, 2006, Over the Atlantic Ocean Near Charleston, State of South Carolina, USA. {source}

Should be interesting to do some cloud photography on a nice day in Clark right? Too bad I’m going to miss 9/9 – A Culinary Tour of Pampanga 2.0.

2 Comments on this Post

  1. Boingboing pointed to this picture as a proof that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is real. Pastafarians are delighted!


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