Best of Web – Ryan Neff

Best of Web – Ryan Neff


This image depicts a United States Air Force C-130J dispensing flares on a training mission.

This phenomenon just so happens to be called the “Angel Flare”. When the flares are dispensed, the smoke leaves a trail and gets caught in the plane’s wing tip vortices. This divine image invokes chasmic feelings of both power and serenity. Very cool.

Photo credit: Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Buttner

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  • Gabriel Elbert
    Feb 1, 2018 10:24

    Second Place. What I like best is how the smoke trails of the flares reveal the hidden physics of the aircraft’s wake.


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