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Smoke Angel

August 29th 2006 03:05
The cloud you can see below is a result of a series of flares released by an air force jet over the Atlantic Ocean in May 2006. The jet that released the flares, a C-17 Globemaster III, is seen on the right.
The flares release smoke and the resulting pattern is known as a smoke angel. The circular eyes of the smoke angel are caused by air spiralling off the plane's wings and are known as wingtip vortices.



Smoke Angel
A Smoke Angel from Airplane Flares


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Comment by jon

August 29th 2006 04:15
Did they do that on purpose or what it a happy accident?

Comment by Ian

August 29th 2006 05:22
This is just what happens when the C-17 releases its flares. They flares are designed to confuse missiles targeting the plane.

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