F-35 Lightning Looks Like It’s Vaporizing After Something Like the Thanos Snap

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has a habit of periodically releasing images of its hardware and personnel in action. After all, what better way is there to reassure Americans and deter the enemy than putting incredible technology and manpower on display? Thanks to this habit, we also get to see stuff we normally would have no chance of seeing.
F-35A Lightning II emerging from vapor cone 7 photos
Photo: USAF/April McDonald
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Like this F-35A Lightning II in what might seem like some type of disintegration at first glance owed to who knows what, a smokier version of the rather grainy results of the Thanos snap.

Of course, the plane is not disintegrating but is emerging from a sort of imperfect vapor cone it created at the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma earlier in May, during what was a demonstration flight.

A vapor cone is nothing but visible water condensed in a cloud that sometimes forms when an aircraft moves at very high speeds. A lot of conditions have to be just right for this to happen, like air temperature, pressure and density, but when it does occur, the phenomenon is simply spectacular.

The plane you see here is deployed with its dedicated demonstration team, and we’ve seen the members before, in perhaps equally as stunning poses. This is, however, by far the most exciting one and a worthy addition to our Photo of the Day section.

As for the plane itself, it has been in the skies over our world since 2006. Part of a new generation of multirole aircraft, it is being produced by Lockheed Martin with slightly different capabilities for the USAF, USMC, and the Navy.

Generally speaking, these planes can reach a maximum speed of Mach 1.6 and have a range of 1,700 miles (2,800 km). They can be armed with anything from rotary cannon to missiles and bombs.
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Editor's note: Gallery shows various other F-35s

About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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