snopes.com: F/A-18 Hornet Fly-By

f18flylow snopes.com: F/A 18 Hornet Fly By

Origins: The startling picture displayed above was taken by Detroit News

photographer Steve Perez on 12 July 2009. On that date, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet from Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia made a scheduled flyover above Detroit to entertain crowds gathered along the Detroit River to watch the American Power Boat Association Gold Cup powerboat races. Just as the jet turned sideways and zoomed past a high-rise apartment complex, Perez snapped the remarkable photo shown here.

via snopes.com: F/A-18 Hornet Fly-By.

Perspective always confuses me.  How could it look so close but not be close at all?  I’ve seen these jets in person, they’re not all that huge.

4 thoughts on “snopes.com: F/A-18 Hornet Fly-By

  1. If he was using a big telephoto lens, that could account for it. At such a narrow FOV, the light that comes in is mostly parallel, which distorts the perspective and creates an illusion of orthogonality.

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