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USAF C-17 Globemaster III leaves a smoke angel releasing flares over the Atlantic
16-MAY-2006 USAF / TSgt Russell E. Cooley IV

USAF C-17 Globemaster III leaves a smoke angel releasing flares over the Atlantic

Near Charleston, SC


A C-17 Globemaster III from the 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, SC, flies off after releasing flares over the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston during a training mission on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. The "smoke angel" is caused the vortex from the engines.


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Brendon 11-Dec-2007 20:11
Did the plane in the picture release the flares, or did a different c-17, now off camera set off the flares. I doesnt look like the plane in the picture set them off.
Mike III 24-Sep-2007 03:41
the vortex is actually caused by the high pressure below the wing bleeding to the top of the wing, called wing vortices.
Jeremy Drobnick13-Aug-2006 15:11
very cool capture.