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The Sight of Sound

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, July 16, 1999 – Navy Lt. Ron Candiloro's F/A-18 Hornet creates a shock wave as he breaks the sound barrier July 7. The shock wave is visible as a large cloud of condensation formed by the cooling of the air. A smaller shock wave can be seen forming on top of the canopy.

It is possible for a skilled pilot to work the plane's throttle to move the shock wave forward or aft.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageCandiloro is assigned to Fighter Squadron 151, currently deployed with the USS Constellation battle group. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign John Gay)  
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