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So. Cal "Missile" contrail

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John McGinnis
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or CraftsmanAirVenture Volunteer
#1 Posted: 11/17/2010 02:19:46

Earlier today I received a forwarded email which expressed passionate conclusions about the event (captured by a CBS News chopper filming the sunset on Nov 8th, 2010 off the coast near LA) that I had not heard. I was surprised by the opinions, to say the least, as its source is a credible person, not a mere conspiracy theorist.

Subsequently I learned that this event seems to have touched a nerve among many people. While that is certainly understandable in the present climate of fear and uncertainty, it remains a source of wonder that people believe whatever they want to believe, long after the facts become clear.

So in the interest of my own entertainment, here is some information about the schedule, flightpath, weather, and contrail of UPS Flight 902.

A reasoning hypothesis, with evidence 

Photographic Forensics 

Knock yourselves out.

Paul Dowgewicz
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#2 Posted: 11/17/2010 19:33:20

I got another contrail story.

Way back in olden times, I used to convert money into noise by flying from Bradley down toward Block Island, across the southern edge of Long Island, then back up the Connecticut River back home. One day shortly after the Pierre Salinger missile theory came out about TWA 800 I was flying along Long Island in about the same area 800 went down. I saw what looked like a missile streak in front of me. I tried looking for the endpoint, but couldn't find it. I then looked around for any possible source, but also didn't see anything.Certainly a "What the deuce" moment, although that was before Family Guy.

Some more careful looking, and I finally figured out that I was seeing the shadow of a contrail on the water. The hazy day, and the shadow in the water made the flat image that went off quite a distance look to be a vertical streak. It really messed up my 3-D perspective for a while.

Insert any "Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop xxxxxxxxxx." line from Steve McCroskey in Airplane here.

Jonathan Silva
#3 Posted: 11/29/2010 23:58:01

 A while back I read of a company named "Sea Launch" which uses an old oil platform to launch commercial satellites (i.e. Direct TV, XM Radio, etc.). Did the article happen to say if they checked to see if they were doing any launches? I know that Sea Launch does their launches off the coast of Southern California.