Giving new meaning to the phrase air-to-air combat, a University of Akron professor thinks supersonic jet fighters may be able to “destroy” tropical storms, such as hurricanes and typhoons.
And by “hurricanes” and “typhoons”, I mean the weather phenomenons, not the British/European fighter jets.
According to my corporate cousins at New Scientist magazine, Dr. Arkadii Leonov filed a patent application earlier this year proposing that two F-4s flying at Mach 1.5 can make a hurricane disappear. (His example using F-4s seems arbitrary. For poetic reasons, I’d recommend using the Typhoon or Rafale — French for “squall” — instead.)
New Scientist writes:
In a patent application, Leonov and colleagues say that they can puta spanner in the atmospheric works by flying supersonic jet aircraft inconcentric circles around a hurricane’s eye, the calm area around whichthe storm rotates.
Theidea is that the sonic-boom shockwave would dramatically raise airpressure in the eye, disrupting the upward flow of warm air that drivesthe hurricane.