The photo, released at the end of last week, shows an F-22 deployed with an unspecified unit taking off from the Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii. The aircraft was there to attend an exercise meant to “provide participants a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel.“
The plane is seen heading for a patch of clouds, engine burning hot, and seems to have the fluffy substance of the cloud attached to its wings as it moves up. It’s more likely a cloud the plane has created itself, probably the initial stages of a vapor cone.
That would be a phenomenon that occurs when a plane passes through the air at high speeds. Although a common sight in the skies of our world, it does take a lot of right conditions to form, from air temperature to air pressure and density.
We don’t know if a full vapor cone formed around this airplane, but even without that, the beast remains an impressive sight.
And a rare one, given how under 200 of them have been built back in the day when Lockheed Martin was making it. And also on account America is the only country in the world to use these planes.