Skip to comments.Did anybody see this?
Posted on 02/12/2012 9:16:05 AM PST by WVKayaker
Help if you can.
A retired USAF friend took this photo this earlier this morning from Gulfport, MS (at the Armed Forces Retirement Home) and has been trying to find more info.
He has called many sources, but has been unable to confirm a launch or ??? If you also saw it, please post anything you may know so I can give him an answer.
Here we go again
Looks like a contrail optical illusion. It appears to be going ‘up’ because further back, the contrail is dissipating so it is wider and you don’t get the perspective view of something getting smaller the further away it is.
I’m an airline pilot of 24 years now. It could just as easily be an airliner contrail that is dissipating. Just my humble opinion.
Hey, it's Sunday Morn and no feetball or NASCAR, so might as well chase some shadows!
Thanks for the input!
Probably a contrail...my house faces west over a jet route and I see these all the time at sunset. Optical illusion.
Give him the link in post #6, it explains dissipation and perspective very well. It shows very similar contrails from different angles, some looking like it is going straight up but from a slightly different angle, it is obvious it is parallel to the horizon.
A few years ago we had a large number of people calling in to talk shows and asking about missiles being launched because of these vapor trails going from a visual ground level and apparently straight up.
Actually they were just approaching from the horizon (not the ground) heading west. It's a visual trick caused by the perspective of the witness.
it’s a contrail from the government dropping halucinogens and subservience-inducing inhalants. There must be a black neighborhood nearby. Probably on the other side of the railroad tracks.
Since the “missile sighting” off of the SoCal coast in Dec 2010, I’ve seen hundreds of these same types of contrails...from aircraft...I have few pics, too.
Contrail from a nyan cat. Or unicorn.
If that was taken from Gulfport then the “launch site” was my backyard. Your friend needs a hobby.
Where have you been, it was a missile launched off the coast of California by a Chinese submarine........
Just this very morning, eh? And you received it in an email............LOL!
I live in Mobile, Al. I see this all the time, especially in winter, coming out of the east. If you watch them long enough, they will cease to appear vertical and become obviously horizontal, just like the video from off the coast of California. They are aircraft, not missiles.
Never said as an email, idjit. He took the photo and asked me my opinion. I downloaded it from his Canon 5mp camera. I just opened it up to the folks herein, and asked for opinions. Yours is obviously flawed by lack of sufficient intelligent quotient for comprehension of the posted subject matter... have a nice life!
Contrails can linger in advance of a strong cold front to the point of being very distorted visually. We did have such a front come through.