Offbeat

By Mikey Jones 


These pilots really have their heads in the clouds.

PIC BY JIM WINTERS / CATERS NEWS

These perfectly timed photographs show F-35 A fighter jets the moment before they break the sound barrier.

Taken from the top of an 18-storey building in Miami, the pictures capture water in the air being vaporised by the planes.

The temperature, speed and air pressure cause clouds to form around the jets.

PIC BY JIM WINTERS / CATERS NEWS

The pictures were taken by professional photographer James Winters, 53, from Miami, Florida.

James said: “I shot the pictures from a roof on the 18-storey, which is perfect for getting at eye-level with the pilots.

“From there you can get the best shots of the jets as they start to break the sound barrier.

PIC BY JIM WINTERS / CATERS NEWS

“The fluff or vapour around the jets is a kind of cloud caused by temperature, pressure, and the aircraft flying very close to the speed of sound.

“I enjoy aviation photography because it is challenging and competitive, and those are both things I love.

PIC BY JIM WINTERS / CATERS NEWS

“I built a special support for my camera that increases the number of quality pictures I can take.”