Hello IFC, today I am requesting vapor cones to be added to IF. Let’s begin.
What is a vapor cone?
A vapor cone is a visible cloud of condensed water which can sometimes form around an object moving at high speed through moist air, for example an aircraft flying at transonic speeds. When the localized air pressure around the object drops, so does the air temperature. If the temperature drops below the saturation temperature a cloud forms.
In the case of aircraft, the cloud is caused by expansion fans decreasing the air pressure, density and temperature below the dew point. Then pressure, density and temperature suddenly increase across the stern shock wave associated with a return to subsonic flow behind the aircraft.
Why is this needed in Infinte Flight?
Vapor clouds would add an extra layer of realism to IF in terms of how some military aircraft operate. This would also create more of a incentive for people to fly military aircraft.
How could some thing like this be implemented?
A good example of how to implement something like this is in Kerbal Space Program. The way they are implemented in that is they have multiple cones that are half transparent and have a sort of foggy texture to them.