Experiments were conducted by Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE), that simultaneously recorded flow field shadowgraphs and imaging data, to investigate the relationship between high velocity turbulence and aero-optic image distortion. A laboratory based Dual Nozzle Aero-Optic Simulator (DNAOS) was used to produce a turbulent flight level aero-optic environment similar to that encountered by a hypersonic vehicle. An Nd:YAG laser, operating at 1.064 micrometers , was expanded to 5 mm, collimated, and directed through the turbulent flow field to serve as a point source at infinity. On the opposite side of the flow field, the beam was split into two components and directed towards two 60 micrometers square pixelated, 128 X 128 CCD array cameras. One camera had a bare focal plane and was used to record the turbulence induced scattering field (shadowgraph), while the other had a 3.4 m focal length lens to image this field, producing a point-spread-function (PSF) on the CCD array. A 50 nsec duration laser pulse at a frequency of 92.5 Hz (frame rate of the CCD cameras) was recorded by each of the cameras and the data was digitized by a high speed data acquisition system. The shadowgraphs and imaging data were compared frame-for-frame to determine the similarities between the flow field events and the image distortion. Based on this analysis, a procedure has been proposed to numerically transform shadowgraphs to obtain pseudo-images that could be compared to experimentally recorded images.