These Kaiju come into our world through an interdimensional portal located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a dreadful place, and Pacific Rim does not do a particularly explicit job at depicting the way in which these monsters actually move through it to come over here. That means we pretty much had to imagine the emergence of the monsters into our world.
For some reason, I personally imagined the whole thing in the same way you see in the main photo of this piece: a dark, menacing monstrosity emerging from below or behind a hazy wall of whatever, on the lookout for the enemy to engage.
The difference is this image does not show an instance from the movie, but a real-life F-35A Lightning II emerging from a cloud of water vapor. It’s an F-35 we’ve featured here on autoevolution before, the one flown by Maj. Kristin Wolfe for the plane’s own Demonstration Team.
This shot was captured back in May, and only recently made public by the USAF. At the time, the fifth-generation aircraft was flying for the She Flies with Her Own Wings air show at the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon. This particular event is described by the Air Force as “an all-female air show including female performers, maintenance personnel, emcees and air bosses.”