According to Wiki, it is 98 ft from the deck of that bridge to the normal height of the river Ob. The length of a MiG-17 FRESCO is 36 ft. Does everything in that photo look to be the same scale (even accounting for the perspective of that photo?)
Because the plane is much closer to the camera it would appear to be larger, so I don't see a problem. Now in relation to the short video of the Blue Angel, he is much higher above the water and in open space, The Russian Mig is flying into an enclosed space (all three sides and the water surface are forcing the dissipated energy into a smaller area) where the only possible expansion of force is the water.According to Wiki, it is 98 ft from the deck of that bridge to the normal height of the river Ob. The length of a MiG-17 FRESCO is 36 ft. Does everything in that photo look to be the same scale (even accounting for the perspective of that photo?)
I'm for sure math-challenged, but I think there is more at play here, more than the power of the engine, but rather the speed and mass of the plane and the effect to the air it is moving through. ( I tend to think the kinetic energy involved, far exceeds the power of the engine)Physics to the rescue. How much energy does the MiG’s engine put out? 5900 lbs of thrust. Water weighs 62.2 lbs cubic ft. How many cubic feet of water are shown being blasted out of the river? Let’s say 100 Cubic ft that’s 6220 lbs of water or 193 slugs of water. F=Ma which is 5900 lbs =193 Slugs x a, so acceleration (a) = 30.6 ft/sec2. That acceleration would happen for some small fraction of a second. So velocity would be something like 1ft/sec. that doesn’t get you a big fountain like that. And that is assuming all the power from the engine went into the water.
I have spent a little time watching this video, using a 27" monitor and full screen, then setting you-tube at 1/4 speed, the visual of how much water is kicked up at the tail wheel and what tore off the main wheel fairing has me really giving thought to what might have happened with the mig17 jet.This is not photo shopped: