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NORAD Scrambles Jets To Investigate Contrails

From: Karl Rotstan <karl.rotstan.nul>
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 09:39:39 -0500
Archived: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 10:41:48 -0500
Subject: NORAD Scrambles Jets To Investigate Contrails


Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/Central/11/28/contrail.scramble/index.html

NORAD investigates vapor trail reports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) -- Fighter jets scrambled in an
unsuccessful attempt to investigate a contrail of unknown origin
first seen over the Caribbean and later reported over the
midwestern United States, the Department of Defense said
Thursday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled the jets
soon after unverified reports were received around 4 p.m.
Wednesday that the contrail, seen near the Turks and Caicos
Islands, was headed northwest toward the United States, said Lt.
Cmdr. Curtis Jenkins, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs-based
group.

A contrail is a white trail of condensed water vapor that
sometimes forms in the wake of an aircraft.

The jets were scrambled from more than one base and more than
one location, he said, though he did not know how many jets or
from how many locations.

Commercial airline pilots later reported the contrail over
Florida and then over Indiana, after which no more sightings
were reported, he said.

The jets attempted to intercept and identify the source of the
contrail, but no visual or confirmed radar contact was made, he
added.

"I don't know that anybody was predisposed to think it might be
some thing or the other," he said. "We don't even know that it
was a thing. It was just simply reports of contrails. We don't
even know that it was the same one. We had reports from
different places and NORAD did its job and tried to find out."

NORAD is coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration and is
continuing to investigate the reports, he added.


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