Pictures of Airplanes Breaking the Sound Barrier


Supersonic speed is a rate of travel of an object that exceeds the speed of sound (Mach 1). For objects travelling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) this speed is approximately 343 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph or 1,235 km/h.
A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound. Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding much like an explosion. So that means that the sound source (in this case an airplane), will pass by a stationary observer (like yourself) before they actually hear the sound it creates.

You will find a gallery of incredibly fast and expensive airplanes breaking the sound barrier and thus travelling at supersonic speeds. That means they are going faster than 343 meters per second (1,125 ft per second). To enhance the gallery, just try and imagine the sound that would (eventually) accompany such a sighting. The vapor trails and moisture that appear around the airplanes also add a great touch to these amazing photos. Enjoy!



070403-N-7130B-138 SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 3, 2007) - An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Fist of the Fleet” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, breaks the sound barrier while performing a supersonic flyby of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during an air power demonstration. The air power demonstration was performed by Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and featured participation from each of the eight squadrons assigned to CVW-14. Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is underway in support of operations in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Burden (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

070602-N-5345W-269 NORFOLK, Virginia (June 2, 2007)- An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the "Raging Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 punches through a cloud of water vapor while breaking the sound barrier during an air power demonstration on board the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman Sailors brought over 4000 guests on board for a day-long Friends and Family Day cruise on June 2. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

070801-N-6854D-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 1, 2007) - An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 breaks the sound barrier during an aerial demonstration for the Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jon Dasbach (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

070824-N-0684R-060 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 24, 2007) - An F/A-18C Hornet, from the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, breaks the sound barrier while making a high-speed pass close to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during an air power demonstration. The air power demonstration showed the capability of Stennis and Carrier Air Wing 9 to service members' family and friends who were invited to get underway with the ship. Stennis is returning to the United States after a 7.5-month-long deployment promoting peace, regional cooperation and stability and supporting the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Reeves (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

070923-N-3136P-039 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2007) - Two F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron 195, punch through a cloud of water vapor while breaking the sound barrier during an air power demonstration for friends and family of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

080417-N-2382C-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2008) Capt. Norbert ÒSmurfÓ Szarleta, commanding officer of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, breaks the sound barrier in an F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter during an air power demonstration aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) on 17April 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Augustine Cooper (Released) U.S. Navy

090622-N-7780S-014 GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise focusing on detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Ronald Dejarnett/Released) Oscar Sosa

100328-N-2953W-257 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2010) An F/A-18 Super Hornet breaks the sound barrier during a flight demonstration for Peruvian visitors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian White/Released) U.S. Navy

100709-N-6604E-322 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 9, 2010) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration above the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed as a part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bradley Evans/Released) U.S. Navy

990707-N-6483G-001 ABOARD USS CONSTELLATION (July 7, 1999)-- Lieutenant Ron Candiloro, assigned to Fighter Squadron One Five One (VF-151), breaks the sound barrier in an F/A-18 "Hornet". VF-151 is currently deployed with the USS Constellation (CV 64) battlegroup. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign John Gay. (RELEASED) Navy News Photo

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2010) An F/A-18 Super Hornet embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) breaks the sound barrier during a flight demonstration for Peruvian visitors. Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Peru supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian White/Released)

Pacific Ocean (Nov. 5, 2006) – An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102) completes a super-sonic flyby as part of an air power demonstration for visitors aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). VFA-102 is one of the nine squadrons and detachments assigned to Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) and embarked aboard Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk and CVW-5 is currently deployed off the coast of southern Japan on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge
050817-N-3488C-151 Pacific Ocean (Aug. 17, 2005) - An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Two (VFA-192), breaks the sound barrier near the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently returning to their homeport after a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Chandler (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

060911-N-8604L-741 East China Sea (Sept. 11, 2006) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing Five breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration practice aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Currently underway in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Wayne LeGrand (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

061015-N-9500T-008 San Diego (Oct. 15, 2006) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Screaming Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Two Two (VFA-122), flown by Lt. Matt Turner, pushes the limits of the sound barrier during a performance at the Miramar Air Show on board Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. This year's air show was themed "The Sound of Freedom: Celebrating the Blue Angels' 60th Anniversary", showcasing military and civilian aircraft and static displays. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Taylor (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

050727-N-3488C-051 Philippine Sea (July 27, 2005) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), breaks the sound barrier during a fly-by over the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Philippine Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Chandler (RELEASED) U.S. Navy
040609-N-9742R-041 Atlantic Ocean (June 9, 2004) - An F/A-18 Hornet, assigned to the ÒMaraudersÓ from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Two (VFA-82), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. James Montgomery, of Yukon, Okla., reaches the sound barrier during a supersonic flyby over USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the NavyÕs first deployment under its new Fleet Readiness Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Milosz Reterski

120514-N-GZ832-600 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 14, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 flies supersonic over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)

120520-N-GZ832-126 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 20, 2012) An FA-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 flies supersonic over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens/Released)

030422-N-0382O-588 Mediterranean Sea (Apr. 22, 2003) -- An F-14B Tomcat assigned to the ÒSwordsmenÓ of Fighter Squadron Thirty Seven (VF-32) reaches the sound barrier during a low altitude super sonic fly by, during an air wing flight demonstration for the crew aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are currently deployed conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate Airman Justin S. Osborne. (RELEASED) USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
110603-N-TU221-396 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released) U.S. Navy

110606-N-TU221-413 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 6, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released) U.S. Navy

100709-N-2833J-588 MEDITERRENEAN SEA (July 9, 2010) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration above aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed as a part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Albert K. Jones/Released) U.S. Navy

061013-N-9500T-008 San Diego (Oct. 13, 2006) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Screaming Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Two Two (VFA-122), flown by Lt. Matt Turner, pushes the limits of the sound barrier during a performance at the Miramar Air Show on board Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. This year's air show was themed "The Sound of Freedom: Celebrating the Blue Angels' 60th Anniversary", showcasing military and civilian aircraft and static displays. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Taylor (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

110606-N-TU221-408 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 6, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released) U.S. Navy

070602-N-2984R-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 2, 2007) - An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 performs a supersonic pass as part of the air power demonstration during the Friends and Family Day Cruise aboard Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Sailors brought their friends and family aboard Truman so they could experience a day in the life of a Sailor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo Reyes (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

100830-N-2918M-048 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2010) Capt. Scott Conn, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, accompanied by Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 11, breaks the sound barrier during a fly-by over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Merrill/Released)

080830-N-5322A-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2008) An F/A –18F Strike Fighter assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 approaches supersonic speed during an air power demonstration aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during a Friends and Family Day Cruise off the coast of Virginia. The Friends and Family Day Cruise enables guests to experience a day at sea with Sailors assigned to the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Ben Addison/Released) U.S. Navy

110531-N-DR144-595 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

050330-N-0382O-503 Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 30, 2005) - An F-14B Tomcat, assigned to the "Swordsmen" of Fighter Squadron Three Two (VF-32), breaks the sound barrier during the supersonic fly-by portion of an air power demonstration performed by Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), for the Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group was recently relieved after completing nearly four months in the Persian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Justin S. Osborne (RELEASED) U.S Navy

040129-N-0905-024 Pacific Ocean (Jan. 29, 2004) Ð Lt. Col. William "Chester" Waldron, Commanding Officer of the "Black Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three One Four (VMFA-314) performs a super sonic fly-by for Columbia's Visual effects unit, while filming for the upcoming motion picture production "Stealth.Ó The Bremerton, Washington based nuclear powered aircraft carrier is currently underway for the first time since returning from an eight and half month western pacific deployment. Carl Vinson is conducting training with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) and units of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG). U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate Airman Chris M. Valdez. (RELEASED) U.S. Navy

080526-N-8923M-079 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 26, 2008) Water vapor trails from the surface of an F/A-18C Hornet during a supersonic pass above the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are preparing for their return to homeport following a seven-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 3rd Class Kevin T. Murray, Jr. (Released) U.S. Navy

110531-N-DR144-605 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

110603-N-TU221-398 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released) U.S. Navy

120222-N-BT887-365 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 22, 2012) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration for participants of a tiger cruise aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is returning to homeport in Bremerton, Wash., after completing a seven-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released) U.S. Navy

030726-N-4953E-081 Atlantic Ocean (Jul. 26, 2003) -- An F/A 18 Hornet, assigned to the "Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron Thirty Seven (VFA-37) performs a sonic boom by breaking the sound barrier during a Friends and Family Day Cruise aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Danny Ewing Jr. (RELEASED) N/A

110603-N-TU221-396 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released) U.S. Navy

061204-N-8591H-290 Philippine Sea (Dec. 4, 2006) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102) speeds up for a supersonic fly-by as part of an air power demonstration aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). VFA-102, which operates from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, is one of the nine squadrons and detachments assigned to Carrier Air Wing Five and currently embarked aboard Kitty Hawk during a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (RELEASED) U.S. Navy photo

090622-N-8290D-008 GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise focusing on detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician(Surface) 1st Class Ronald Dejarnett/Released) Oscar Sosa

110606-N-GZ277-066 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 6, 2011) An F/A18C Hornet breaks the sound barrier over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez/Released) U.S. Navy

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