Supersonic shock syndrome

New imaging system produces artful results.

Air-bending: two jets hit supersonic speeds at exactly the same time.


This extraordinary image shows two Northrop T-38 Talon two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainers hitting supersonic speeds at the precise moment they passed beneath a camera-equipped Beechcraft B-200.

The exercise was part of the research surrounding the development of an advanced air-to-air photographic technology, which is being designed to capture data crucial for the design of NASA’s planned new craft, the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane (X-59 QueSST).

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