Sound of Freedom

by Steve on May 9, 2006

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This short clip was taken several years ago, an F-14 doing a supersonic deck-level pass as part of an air show. These at-sea air shows are usually done for the benefit of visiting foreign dignitaries who always seem impressed by the “flex of American muscle”. Live ordnance and chest-thumping supersonic passes are routine at these off-shore displays, things that can’t be done back on the beach for obvious reasons. Note the shockwave on the water. You can also see the pilot punching flares as he approaches the ship. Normally these are used to draw off heat seeking missiles – just extra style points in this case.

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