A Cobra Helicopter Slicing the Air

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After seeing the helicopter under the fiery Kopps-Etchells Effect, Gizmodo reader Carlos sent us his recent pictures of this Cobra helicopter slicing the air.

I took these a few months ago on base. It was so humid you can see the blades cutting the air producing a vortices.

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You are probably familiar with this phenomenon. You can usually see vortex cores on the wingtips of fighter jets flying at high speed when there's water present. They also happen when rotors are moving at high speeds and the air humidity is very high. That's the case of that Cobra or this De Havilland C-115:

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Next time you are flying a prop plane or a helicopter in this condition, watch out for this pretty effect.

Are you in the armed forces? If you have any great photography or video to share with us, write to jesus@gizmodo.com and we will publish it here.

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DreamTheEndless
DreamTheEndless

But but but... All the "chem trail" wackos will insist that this effect only comes from "the government" or some other secret cloak and dagger organization secretly injecting chemicals into our air, and not from something moving really fast through humid air and condensing water vapor...

You must be part of the conspiracy for insisting that it's a natural phenomenon...