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HossCarver Silver Member Charter MemberThu 22-Mar-01 02:31 AM
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"Spectacular photo (not mine) of a jet breaking the sound barrier"


Lake Hubert, US
          

I don't know how many of you have seen the shot of a fighter jet at the moment of sound barrier penetration taken by Ensign John Gay from the carrier USS Constellation, but if you haven't, the link is below. It's amazing (and taken with a Nikon, of course.)

http://rense.com/general8/boom.htm


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Chuck

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberThu 22-Mar-01 02:55 AM
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Chuck:
Thank you very much for the link. Impressive image.
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timmy Basic MemberSat 24-Mar-01 02:25 AM
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I've seen it before, and agree that it's an awesome image. However, the info associated with it is suspicious. 12 years in the Navy and he's still an ensign? The aircraft is at 75 feet altitude and he was on the carrier? The perspective of the aircraft indicates that either the aircraft was banking to the starboard (very unlikely) or the photographer was on the "island" of the aircraft carrier. Anyone that know anything about sonic booms would know that the skipper of the Constellation probably had the pilot keel-hauled for that maneuver. And the part about tripping the shutter when he heard the sonic boom is difficult. It (the sonic boom) has a characteristic "shape" similar to the wake of a boat. It doesn't "go foreward".

A more likely scenario is that the photographer was in the second seat of another aircraft. When he heard/felt the sound barrier being broken by the aircraft he was in, he tripped the shutter. The other aircraft (aft and to the port side) was then
at the point of breaking the sound barrier.

I've tried to contact "Ensign Gay" to obtain a print. The request/inquiry was made from the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House (where I am a docent).
I thought that the image would be a worthwhile addition to the museum's collection. The U.S. Naval Department's response was that they needed more information (other than his name).

How truthful the text is, I cannot say. But, the image is very good.

  

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HossCarver Silver Member Charter MemberSat 24-Mar-01 03:02 AM
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Lake Hubert, US
          

Sorry Timmy, but I can't provide more information. I found the link on the internet in a photo newsgroup. I think your observations make a lot of sense and I hope you're able to track down the truth. If it's true that it was published in Sports Illustrated, Brills Content and Life, perhaps the publishers would be able to shed some light on the question.

Hopefully the photo doesn't turn out to be a nice piece of Photoshop work rather than what it's purported to be.

Please let us know here if you learn anything.

Regards,
Chuck

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