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Manu Ginobili’s Santa Monica Silver Surfer

CASE CLOSED:  It was Red Bull Air Force! Update:  Here’s the google earth file I was forwarded an interesting video on TMZ a few days ago: http://www.tmz.com/2010/12/09/manu-ginobili-ufo-video-san-antonio-spurs/ It shows Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs as he observes some kind of UFO in the sky behind him....
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Contrails are Usually Horizontal

I think the one thing that prevented most people from seeing the supposed “missile” trail as what it was (a jet contrail, almost certainly from flight UPS902 from Hawaii), was the illusion that it looked like it was going straight up. Compare one photo of the 902 trail...
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Debunked: What In The World Are They Spraying?

Update: If you are looking for a debunking of Why In The World Are They Spraying, first check out this post, as the second film really depends on the first being true, then have a look at the various errors in Why In The World Are They Spraying, detailed...
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Fake, Hoax, Chemtrail Videos

Most of the supposed “chemtrail” videos out there are simply videos of persistent contrails that the video maker somehow has decided are part of a giant world-wide conspiracy involving spraying something for some purpose. But some videos are actually deliberate hoaxes, either by pranksters poking fun at the...
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Contrails and Chemtrails: The IFAQ

Most of the traffic to this site comes via Google and other search engines. It’s interesting to look at what people typed in to that ended up here. Quite often it’s just a few words like “chemtrail aircraft pictures” or “contrails engine”, but sometimes it’s a question. I...
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Volcano Clears the Skies of Contrails

The cloud of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull has prompted the most significant air-traffic shutdown in European history.  This will provide a unique opportunity to study the effects of a contrail-less sky.  But we must be careful how quickly we draw conclusions from the immediate data. Take the two images above,  the...
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Why do some planes leave long trails, but others don’t?

Some planes in the sky leave trails that persist and spread, and other planes, in the same sky, leave short-lived trails, or no trails at all. These trails are actually called contrails, short for “condensation trails”.  They are not smoke from the engines, they are formed when the...
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Why Planes Make Vapor Trails

Popular Science, March 1943. Page 55. While this applies to 1943 planes, it should also be noted that the exact same mechanisms are responsible for contrails from modern jet aircraft. Jet engines burn fuel that is essentially the same kind of chemical as used by old prop planes....
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Chemtrails: The Best Evidence

The Chemtrail theory proposes that some of the persistent white trails we see in the sky behind airplanes are not actually normal contrails, but are either modified contrails, or some kind of different trail entirely. The theory states that the trails contain chemicals that do something, and that...
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Identifying a Curved Contrail

I took this photo this morning: It’s an interesting contrail as most trails you see are straight lines, planes generally fly directly from one place to another. This plane was flying in a south east direction. After making this left turn it made a right turn to continue...
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Contrail Season in Los Angeles

For a contrail enthusiast, I picked the wrong place to live. We hardly ever get persistent contrails here in the summer, but things have been picking up a bit as we go into fall, and today we had this: A very nice triple set of contrails of three...
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Chemtrail Plausibility Study

(The following was written as a comment by “boenoid”, but I thought it was interesting enough to deserve its own post. I (Uncinus) have added the assembly line image) For what it is worth, I am a Boeing engineer with 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry....
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AC-130 Flares and Chaff

Not a contrail, but a nice image: A U.S. Air Force AC-130 Gunship aircraft executes an evasive maneuver and drops chaff and flares during a firepower demonstration at the Nevada Test and Training Range in Nevada on Sept. 14, 2007. http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/newsphoto.aspx?newsphotoid=9540 I don’t know if you can actually...
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A Very Unusual Contrail

Okay, it’s not actually a contrail.   But it’s a related phenomenon – a plume of hot humid air is rising from a volcano, and where it hits the cold upper air, the water vapor it contains condenses out.  Possibly into ice, but it’s hard to tell. The brown...
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Modern Contrail Confusion

This photo is from January 29th 2009, at approximately 3-4PM over Corvallis, Oregon. It shows a contrail from a plane that has made a 540 degree turn (one and half full turns) to fly back the way it came.  This photo was probably taken an hour after the...
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Ground Level Contrails

Contrails form when the water in engine exhaust mixes with cold moist air and freezes. Normally you see this at 30,000 feet with jet engine exhaust. But in some parts of the world, these conditions can be found at ground level. Here’s a car leaving a contrail in...
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Life Magazine Contrail Photos

[UPDATE: Some of these photos are now available again with a “personal non-commercial use” licence via Google. http://images.google.com/hosted/life The following images were all found on the Life Magazine web site. Originally they linked to the page on Life where the photo could be ordered, but Life has since...
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