Very rarely, onlookers at the right time and place at airports can catch a glimpse of planes “cloud cutting”, which quite simply means an aircraft cutting a cloud in two.
Recently, a YouTube user was able to capture an Emirate Airbus A380 slicing through a cloud, producing a brief moment of beautiful cinematography.
At the beginning of the video, you will notice what appears to be fog coming off the wings of the plane. This is called a vapor sheet, which occurs when reduced air pressure on the top of the wing causes moisture to condense out of the air creating the visible effect.
The 30-second clip ends with the world’s largest passenger airliner roaring off into the distance thanks to its Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, creating a swirling wake, almost hurricane-like behind it.
While this event is relatively common, the beauty itself is typically never realized by people, let alone captured on video for the whole world to see.
Emirates Airbus A380 Cloud Cutting: