Hi ATS, I'm sorry for the delayed reply, I'm at home with the kids on my tod at the moment so as you might imagine things are a little hectic around
here, well that, and I would have posted a reply earlier but instead of pressing delete to fix a mistake, I pressed back, boom, start again!
I'll finish starting off by saying a big thank you to everyone for all of your replies and kind words! You all make some interesting points, but if
I'm totally honest, I'm still at a bit of a loss with this one, so here goes,...
Elevenaugust, thanks for your input but it seems that the aircraft making the 90-degree turn in your FR24 screenshot was roughly 40 - 50 miles
northwest of me, so we can discount that one (that's what this is all about right? The process of elimination,
The image below shows my location (I'm OK sharing this, I'm an outspoken advocate for medicinal cannabis law reform and I'm already well known
locally, so this information is already out there). The red lines show my rough field of view from my front door, where I first spotted this strange
trail. My front door is somewhat set back into the front of the building, hence the field of view being rather narrow. I've also circled the compass
in red incase anyone may have missed it, as you can see, my home faces roughly south-southeast,
It appeared to have headed in from the east, then headed off in a southerly direction, away from the UK (sorry Markymint!) and back down towards the
Brittany Peninsular. It's impossible for me to know what it's altitude or distance was, but in the below image I've tried my best to illustrate my
perception of it's track, I've also marked my viewing location (give or take 100ft),
For those interested in seeing the other images I took (seven in all), I took some (lots actually, I'm a noob at this, can't you tell?) time to put
them in order in one single image. Other than further cropping and some ever so slight noise reduction, I've applied no further processing. As you
might be able to tell, there seems to have been a slight gap in time between taking photos 4 and 5, this was likely due to me faffing around with the
camera trying to get the focus right. All photos were taken in pretty quick succession, and it must have taken me no longer than 45 seconds to a
minute tops to take all photos,
All I really have to add at this point is that it's fairly common practice for me to look out at the sky in this direction, not only as my home faces
this way, but it's also the direction in which the benches in the park across the road face, and in all of the countless hours I've spent staring up
at the sky in this direction, this is the only time I've ever seen an aircraft take this track.
Whether or not we come to any definite conclusions on this, I've had fun making this thread, so once again thank you all for your valued input.
I do love a good mystery,