Spectacular clip shows USAF F-15E Strike Eagles "making vapes" in the Mach Loop during Low Level Training

Spectacular clip shows USAF F-15E Strike Eagles “making vapes” in the Mach Loop during Low Level Training

By Dario Leone
Jul 24 2018
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Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips the cool video in this post shows 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagles “making vapes” during low level training in Mach Loop LFA7

Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips the cool video in this post shows 48th Fighter Wing’s (FW) F-15E Strike Eagles “making vapes” during low level training in Mach Loop Low Flying Area 7 (LFA7), Wales.

Noteworthy vapours are created by lift which generates a pressure differential above and below wings with the pressure above the wing being lower than the pressure below.

This drop in pressure is followed by a drop in temperature. If the drop in temperature passes the local atmospheric dew-point, then the invisible water vapour will condense into visible water droplets, as seen in this video.

The 492nd and 494th Fighter Squadrons based at RAF Lakenheath are the only two Strike Eagle squadrons in U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and Air Forces Africa.

Spectacular clip shows USAF F-15E Strike Eagles "making vapes" in the Mach Loop during Low Level Training
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-15E Strike Eagle 366th Fighter Wing, 391st Fighter Squadron, MO/90-0249 – Mountain Home AFB, ID – 2008

The Mach Loop (also known as the Machynlleth Loop) consists of a series of valleys in the U.K. in west-central Wales, which are famous for their use as low-level training areas for fast jet aircraft. The system of valleys lies 8 miles east of Barmouth and is nestled between the towns of Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south, from the latter of which it takes its name.

The training area is within LFA7, which covers most of Wales. Aircraft which use (and which have used in recent years) this training area include Royal Air Force (RAF) Airbus A400M, Tornado, Typhoon, Hawk jets and C-130J as well as USAF F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, F-22 Raptors, and F-35A Lightning IIs.

Photo credit: Dafydd Philips

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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