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Watch: US Air Force F-22 Raptor Generates Small Clouds In High G-Force Maneuver

A discussion emerges about how these clouds are created.

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A US Air Force F-22 Raptor is seen engaging in a high G-force turn. As the aircraft speeds through the humid air, its wings cut through the moisture and create areas of low pressure. This causes the temperature to drop and water vapor to spill over the plane, forming small clouds. The phenomenon is gorgeous to see and the stunning spectacle is only amplified by the sleek magnificence of the aircraft precipitating it. Watch the slow-motion video below.


Uploaded to TikTok by user @.usairforce, the clip provides the foundation for some opinions and observations in the comments.

"For the chemtrail believers," writes @tech_doggie, "Take a good long look. It's simple physics and thermodynamics."

"Not thermodynamics," disagrees @wardworld. "Air pressure. Temperature stays the same, but high flow of air over the wing reduces air pressure. The fog area is where lift happens."

"This is wrong," replies @dantejamsa. "The air pressure dropping on top of the wing causes the temperature to drop causing the moisture to condense into clouds. You are correct saying high airflow reduces the pressure, but the lift comes from higher pressure underneath the wing."

Other viewers of the video are not so concerned about the cause of the meteorological event. They are instead, understandably, enjoying the flashy scene.

"Super slow, very nice," praises @1reconguy.

"The best fighter in the world," proclaims @sebastiam001.

"Respect from Great Britain," says @lr6322. "Best fighter jet ever."

Regarding the water vapor clouds, we consulted The War Zone for a little more background.

"Oftentimes laymen confuse shock collars, vapor cones, 'vape capes,' and other forms of vapor as a sign that the aircraft has broken the sound barrier," notes the publication. "This is not accurate at all. Although these effects can be greatly intensified as an aircraft reaches transonic speeds (approaching the speed of sound), they can also manifest themselves in various ways at far lower speeds."

Continuing with its explanation, The War Zone continues. "The phenomenon is caused by low pressure areas created on the aircraft's skin and wings as it moves through moist air. As the pressure drops so does the temperature, and if the temperature reaches the saturation point, water vapor is created. Such conditions are highly sought-after by aviation photographers."

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