With the first airshows of the 2022 season getting underway, I happened to take a look back at some of my work from 2021.
One of my favorite images pulled from the skies last year is this photograph of a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor as seen during a practice flight over New Jersey’s Millville Executive Airport. The image as a whole isn’t particularly noteworthy – F-22s frequently create their own cloud systems while maneuvering, which often translate into stunning photos. But the attraction here is in the details: an unusual exhaust pattern that is particularly striking.
Both photographs: Ⓒ 2022 Frank Moriarty/Aerospace Perceptions
From the heat and moisture content being displaced by the aircraft, the sky itself has taken on a three-dimensional appearance. It looks as though it’s a solid section, hovering in mid-air with a texture that could be felt – if you could only get your hands a few thousand feet up and not get burned as well!
Last year I had a half-dozen opportunities to photograph the F-22 in action, and look forward to further encounters in 2022.