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What was that in the sky
Posted on 10/14/2002 7:13:57 PM PDT by clamper1797
Did anyone else see what looked like a missle / rocket in the sky over Alameda / San Francisco at 7:00 PM (just now) ? Anbyone know what that was ????
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It was VERY large and if you looked up you could not miss it ....
Another rocket from Vandenberg AFB. I have a tremendous view from my hillside house in Santa Barbara.
posted on 10/14/2002 7:15:33 PM PDT
Are they conducting missile tests out of Vandenberg AFB?
I am not sure where that is in rel. to you, though.
I'm going to take a shower. Keep us informed of any new developments.
Oh sorry bout that. I pushed the button by mistake. Hope I didn't hit ya
Barry Bonds was at bat around that time!
posted on 10/14/2002 7:21:29 PM PDT
That was spectacular ... my lady and watched it for a while. BIG contrail and rocket engine exhaust. A little scary in todays climate
Wish there was a way to know when these are going to be launched during twilight. They are awesome.
Missle interceprer test. 'Kill vehicle was launched from a Pacific island went after an ICBM launched from CA. I have a friend in defence industry, told me about this a week ago. Hope the test went well!!!
posted on 10/14/2002 7:24:01 PM PDT
I missed the launch, they said on the news it would be between 7 and 11 pm. Musta gone off at 7 sharp, all I saw was a not very exciting contrail. Durn...
I dunno man, I taped like six or seven of those huge estes rocket engines to a '56 Plymouth hood ornament a couple hours ago, and...
posted on 10/14/2002 7:24:45 PM PDT
With all of the commercial ships with containers waiting to come in, plus cruise ships, etc., isn't that kidda wierd?
Vandeberg is the the launch site of preference for polar orbit insertion (heh heh heh, he said insertion...cool)
OK, I did it. But it was an accident.
posted on 10/14/2002 7:28:04 PM PDT
This one looks like it could double as a mothership...
Hey thanks. I was saving it for a special occasion. I guess I'll get to work making another one....should have it finished in another 8 years or so.
I saw something similar around 7PM Central time over Chicago. I thought I was nuts. Any ideas?
posted on 10/14/2002 7:30:41 PM PDT
I thought that might have been your doing :^} . It looked pretty cool from east contra costa county. I was very big then all of a sudden it stopped and disappeared. Instantaneously the contrail, rocket exhaust disappeared
I was very big = It was very big ... Oh he$$ you know what I mean
Tangentially related: Today I watched an odd looking airplane do repeated touch-and-goes out of the xxxxxx NY airport. This aircraft was odd because it was (a) a Boeing 707 (it had the characteristic spike on the vertical stabilizer), (b) painted entirely white with no markings whatsoever except for a tail number, and (c) had an odd boxy-looking assembly on top, located midway between the point at which the wings attach to the fuselage and the flight deck. This "boxy assembly" looked to me like some sort of sat-com antenna. Oh, and (d) no windows except for a little fisheye portholes toward the rear (and cockpit of course).
Very loud, and very very little smoke. I watched it fly directly away from me to the west, and I could see no smoke at all; even passenger jets which fly out of here all the time leave more smoke.
Anyway, I've never seen anything like it. It made me think that something is brewing if such an odd aircraft was in as obscure a place as I live. Take it from me, the Sultan of Brunei would not be visiting here!
Can't really compare with a rocket launch from Vandenberg, but still perhaps interesting. I'd love to know what this airplane is used for.
Secrets to soak them ol engines in fresh corn squeezins. BOOOM!
posted on 10/14/2002 7:40:16 PM PDT
Sonic boom, I meant. It's way too easy to say stuff that could be misinterpreted these days, eh?
posted on 10/14/2002 7:47:05 PM PDT
Yep the wife just called and sa8id she saw it from Elk Grove (where else?).
I think Vandenberg have been lobbing these things lately. If they are launched at the right time of day and they rise high enough to pick up the last rays of the setting sun again, they'll really put on a show in the darkened conuntryside below.
Did you see it ????
Saw it in Sacramento. Quite a show. At first I didn't know what it was . . . A very bright point of light ascending northward on an unbelievably wide, bright, divergent tail. Thought for a second or two it was a meteor. Then saw the tell-tale puff of a rocket engine shutting down, just like the shuttle, and it was gone. I'm guessing it was a spy satellite being launched into polar orbit, since I can't see them testing the accuracy of a ballistic missile launched northward over the Continental US and/or Canada.
I looked down just for a second and looked up again and it was gone ... It was pretty spectacular from Discovery Bay though ...
PS ... Go Simon
Santa Barbara, eh? What a beautiful city that is! Glad to know there's another Freeper so closeby! It's amazing how far away those Vandenberg launches can be seen. Sure hasn't been long since the last one. Last month I was watching one from here in Ventura County, and a pal flying out here saw it clearly from a plane taking off from the Phoenix, AZ airport.
Didn't see it, I'm too far away (Indianapolis, to be exact). I just felt like chiming in with some irrelevent nonsense.
posted on 10/14/2002 8:05:24 PM PDT
To: Thinkin' Gal
This one looks like it could double as a mothership...
And that shower head looks good, too.
posted on 10/14/2002 8:11:53 PM PDT
The Freepergal "mystomachisturning" is up in the Goleta area, I believe. I'm a little farther south in Ventura County. Beautiful area, but a little too liberal and pricey for my tastes. Glad to know there are some "right-minded" folks in the area, though! ;^)
It was way cool ... almost dropped the bong ... ;^)
Now that's serious cool. Or way drunk...
I'll give you the benefit of that doubt and assume it was way cool. :-)
posted on 10/14/2002 8:26:54 PM PDT
Moving north over Stockton, I thought it was a helicopter lookin' for punks at first, that's how bright the light was. It looked like a big flashlight moving backwards. Then the light went out, while the glow remained a few more seconds. A twisting smoke trail, partially lit by the long-set sun, stretched southward. Freakin' BEAUTIFUL! I got a patriotic rush then and there, I think the others in the parking lot felt it too.
posted on 10/14/2002 8:33:54 PM PDT
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