Photos of jets almost breaking the sound barrier are almost always breath taking and surreal. Usually you see photos of the massive vapor cones surrounding the aircraft. They’re impressive, but they often hide much of the detail of what exactly is going on with these shockwaves.
ARABIAN SEA (May 17, 2019) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) sail alongside as the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ABECSG and KSGARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
Two F-35B Lightning II, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, left, an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to VFA 41, fly in formation over the Arabian Sea, Dec. 14, 2018. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting integrated operations in the Arabian Sea to ensure stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor D. Loessin)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 6, 2018) An F-18 Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, the “Tomcatters,” departs from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, to participate in a monumental 21-aircraft flyover featuring a missing-man formation over the memorial service for late President George H. W. Bush in College Station, Texas. Other squadrons that participated in the flyover came from Oceana, Virginia to Fort Worth, Texas, and included VFA 103, the “Jolly Rogers”; VFA 143, the “Pukin’ Dogs”; VFA 32, the “Swordsmen”; VFA 131, the “Wildcats”; VFA 105, the “Gunslingers”; VFA 83, the “Rampagers”; and VFA 87, the “Golden Warriors.” U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jose Jaen (Released).
NORWEGIAN SEA (Oct. 18, 2018) Sailors participate in a foreign object debris walkdown on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Harry S. Truman will continue to foster cooperation with regional allies and partners, strengthen regional stability, and remain vigilant, agile and dynamic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Higgins/Released)
A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)
Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Christopher Cogar from Cleveland inspects a F-414 jet engine’s afterburners during an engine test on the fantail aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Sailors working in George Washington’s jet shop maintain, repair and test damaged jet engines. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman/Released)
WESTERN PACIFIC (Nov. 11, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 94, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is currently underway for a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Roberts/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2017) Lt. Neil Armstrong waits in the cockpit of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Knighthawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VAW) 211 during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman has successfully completed flight deck certifications and is underway preparing for a tailored ship’s training availability and final evaluation problem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaysee Lohmann/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2017) Sailors push back the arresting gear wire during flight operations on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 17, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Regan is participating in Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Otero/Released)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The ship is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise with it’s carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment.