This B-1 bomber releasing flares during a high-speed flyby is my favourite image of the day
The B-1 has been dubbed as the plane capable to carry the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory.
Flares are aerial infrared countermeasures made of a composition based on hot-burning metal used to counter heat seeking surface-to-air missiles: flares generate temperatures equal to or hotter than engine exhaust attracting the missile’s seeker head.
Put the two things together and you’ll get one of the coolest pictures I’ve seen lately.
Image credit: Dyess Air Force Base
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