These Long, Flowing Vortices Look Like Ribbons Tied to a Raptor

By Attila Nagy on at

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor entered service almost ten years ago, and it’s still one of the best fighter jets in the Air Force. In this photo you can see its sophisticated silhouette and ribbons on its wingtips. Just joking: they’re actually vapour vortices behind the aircraft.

An F-22 Raptor from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron increases altitude shortly after takeoff at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. F-22 pilots from the 199th FS and 19th FS teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors that day.

[Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/U.S. Air Force]