The Dark Knight rises: impressive U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber fast flyby photo

Taken on Jul. 21, 2012, by Russell Hill, the following picture shows a variable-sweep wing B-1 strategic bomber serialled 85-0073 “Dark Knight”, belonging to the 7th Bomb Wing, 13th Bomb Squadron, based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, during a fast flyby at the McChord Air Expo, McChord AFB, Washington.

Due to the high speed, the fast pass generated a huge condensation cloud around the Bone’s upper wing and fuselage surfaces. This type of cloud is the effect of a sudden decrease of pressure in the airflow around the aircraft in moisty weather conditions.

Image credit: Russell Hill

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