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Why is the Concorde, and not other aircraft, getting this fog/condensation, over the wing, at *takeoff*? [duplicate]

Several pictures of the Concorde taking off, show a cloud of water droplets (fog) above the wings. Like this: I assume the fog is created due to low pressure over the wings. But, doesn't the size ...
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What are these strange clouds on the wing and how do they form? [duplicate]

I am having a little trouble figuring out what these strange clouds are. You have a cloud forming off of a fighter jet when it breaks the sound barrier, but this is a different situation.
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What causes a plane's wing tips to leave a small white vapor trail?

What is the source for what looks to be small trails of smoke or condensation sometimes coming from the very tips of a jet aircrafts wing tips?
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How long does it take for a contrail to hit the ground? [closed]

I'm not even sure if they end up falling to earth, or if they accumulate and form/join other clouds or whatnot, which is part of the reason I'm asking this question. In contrails, heavier particles ...
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How to plot the pressure distribution over an airfoil?

I have found only the description of this pattern with experimental graphs.Could anyone please tell me the mathematical formula required to plot the distribution?
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Why are some contrails longer than others?

I've often noticed that planes flying on more or less the same track, headed in the same direction leaves different contrails. By different I mean how long they stay visible and the length of them. ...
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Why does condensation form on the wing especially during take-off and landing?

To start off, yes this question was asked before, yet I don't find the answers satisfying and here is why: It appears to me that this phenomenon only appears during the approach phase of a flight and ...
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Why doesn't ice form on the fuselage?

Ice forms on the wings and instrument probes and vanes, but why not on the fuselage? If the temperature of the air is the same, why does the ice form on the wing but not on the fuselage?
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Why would a canard wing be more prone to icing than a stabilizer?

Someone said a canard wing is more prone to icing than a stabilizer. If true, what would explain this?
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Can wing clouds caused by a high angle of attack be recreated in a lab? Also, why doesn't this work for smaller wings (e.g. r/c planes)

Can this be recreated in a lab? Any equations would be helpful if so. Also, why doesn't this happen during high angles of attack on a smaller wing, such as that of an R/C plane?
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How does the adiabatic cooling of wingtip vortices work?

This question on condensation and wingtip vortices, What is the mechanism by which condensation forms above wings?, attributes the reduction in temperature found in wingtip vortices to Adiabatic ...