Shock Diamonds are a formation of standing wave patterns that appears in the supersonicexhaust plume of an aerospace propulsion system, such as a supersonic jet engine, rocket, ramjet, or scramjet, when it is operated in an atmosphere. The diamonds are formed from a complex flow field and are visible due to the ignition of excess fuel. They form when the supersonic exhaust from a nozzle is slightly over or under-expanded, meaning that the pressure of the gases exiting the nozzle is different from the ambient air pressure. [x] [x]
First, this is an awesome picture. Second I concur jgeurotrip. You can pull 9 Gs in the F16 vs maybe 7 in the F4. With the advantage in minimum turn radius shown above it is not even a contest on what a pilot would want in combat.
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