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What was that in the sky
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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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1 posted on 10/14/2002 7:13:57 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: clamper1797
It was VERY large and if you looked up you could not miss it ....
2 posted on 10/14/2002 7:15:25 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: clamper1797
Another rocket from Vandenberg AFB. I have a tremendous view from my hillside house in Santa Barbara.
3 posted on 10/14/2002 7:15:33 PM PDT by SOSCEO
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To: clamper1797
Are they conducting missile tests out of Vandenberg AFB?
I am not sure where that is in rel. to you, though.
4 posted on 10/14/2002 7:15:47 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: clamper1797
I'm going to take a shower. Keep us informed of any new developments.


5 posted on 10/14/2002 7:17:33 PM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: clamper1797
Oh sorry bout that. I pushed the button by mistake. Hope I didn't hit ya

haha
6 posted on 10/14/2002 7:17:39 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: clamper1797
Barry Bonds was at bat around that time!
7 posted on 10/14/2002 7:21:29 PM PDT by McB.
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To: mamelukesabre
That was spectacular ... my lady and watched it for a while. BIG contrail and rocket engine exhaust. A little scary in todays climate
8 posted on 10/14/2002 7:21:43 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: SOSCEO
Wish there was a way to know when these are going to be launched during twilight. They are awesome.
9 posted on 10/14/2002 7:23:50 PM PDT by gorebegone
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To: clamper1797
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!!!
10 posted on 10/14/2002 7:24:01 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: clamper1797
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...
11 posted on 10/14/2002 7:24:21 PM PDT by null and void
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To: clamper1797
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...
12 posted on 10/14/2002 7:24:45 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: clamper1797
With all of the commercial ships with containers waiting to come in, plus cruise ships, etc., isn't that kidda wierd?
13 posted on 10/14/2002 7:24:52 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: clamper1797
Vandeberg is the the launch site of preference for polar orbit insertion (heh heh heh, he said insertion...cool)
14 posted on 10/14/2002 7:25:03 PM PDT by gorebegone
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To: clamper1797
OK, I did it. But it was an accident.


15 posted on 10/14/2002 7:28:04 PM PDT by South40
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To: Incorrigible
This one looks like it could double as a mothership...


16 posted on 10/14/2002 7:28:59 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: clamper1797
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.
17 posted on 10/14/2002 7:30:32 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: clamper1797
I saw something similar around 7PM Central time over Chicago. I thought I was nuts. Any ideas?
18 posted on 10/14/2002 7:30:41 PM PDT by Dengar01
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To: Dakmar
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
19 posted on 10/14/2002 7:31:24 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: clamper1797
I was very big = It was very big ... Oh he$$ you know what I mean
20 posted on 10/14/2002 7:33:19 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: clamper1797
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.

(steely)

21 posted on 10/14/2002 7:38:23 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: clamper1797
Secrets to soak them ol engines in fresh corn squeezins. BOOOM!
22 posted on 10/14/2002 7:40:16 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: Dakmar
Sonic boom, I meant. It's way too easy to say stuff that could be misinterpreted these days, eh?
23 posted on 10/14/2002 7:47:05 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: clamper1797
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.
24 posted on 10/14/2002 7:48:44 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: Dakmar
Did you see it ????
25 posted on 10/14/2002 7:48:50 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: clamper1797
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.
26 posted on 10/14/2002 7:50:10 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: ElkGroveDan
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

27 posted on 10/14/2002 7:50:39 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: SOSCEO
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.
28 posted on 10/14/2002 7:54:50 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: clamper1797
Didn't see it, I'm too far away (Indianapolis, to be exact). I just felt like chiming in with some irrelevent nonsense.
29 posted on 10/14/2002 8:05:24 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: Thinkin' Gal
This one looks like it could double as a mothership...

And that shower head looks good, too.

30 posted on 10/14/2002 8:11:53 PM PDT by Lower55
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To: Moonmad27
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! ;^)
31 posted on 10/14/2002 8:18:20 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: Dakmar
It was way cool ... almost dropped the bong ... ;^)
32 posted on 10/14/2002 8:21:05 PM PDT by clamper1797
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To: clamper1797
Now that's serious cool. Or way drunk...

I'll give you the benefit of that doubt and assume it was way cool. :-)

33 posted on 10/14/2002 8:26:54 PM PDT by Dakmar
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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.
34 posted on 10/14/2002 8:33:54 PM PDT by dogbowl
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