This was discussed on ATS a while back (I don't have a link to the original thread, because I'm too lazy to look for it). I was active in the
original discussion, and I'll relate the jist of the original thread as I remember it.
I posted on the thread stating that I live in the Baltimore/DC area (I actually live in Baltimore, but work rather often in DC, and am thus familliar
with the view you see from the webcam). The view that you see from the webcam is from the Northern VA area, pointing into DC. The webcam itself is
stationed south of Regan National Airport, which is both a commuter airport, as well as an Air Force Base. The lights you see are pretty typical of a
jet flying into Regan National Airport. Someone on the original thread about this photo actually emailed Regan National about incoming aircraft at
the time this photo was taken. Regan replied back that they had no incoming or outgoing aircraft at that time. That said, remember that it's also a
military base as well as a commercial airport (Regan National Airport was originally established as a defense base for the Washington DC area, and
still holds that responsibility, along with being a commercial airport). Because it's a military base, the commercial towers (who replied to the
request sent for air traffic information) would not have recorded the military air traffic (or might not be allowed to state the departure or arrival
times of military aircraft). There are many non-commercial jets that fly in and out of Regan National, including Air Force One, when the president is
in town, not to mention the numerous military use fighter and commercial grade aircraft used for flying around employees from the Pentagon, Congress,
Senate, CIA, FBI, and other government organizations based close to Regan National.
There are many flights in and out of Regan National Airport on any given day that are not handled by public air traffic control, and thus not
recordable by public air traffic control, and also not released to the public in the interest of national security. Most likely, this is one of those
flights, and not a UFO at all. Additionally, given the airspace that the recorded photograph is in, this is restricted airspace. It's made usable
to commuter traffic only over the Potomac River (which the blur in the photo is likely over), and even then, and unknown aircraft in that space will
likely be quickly set upon by military aircraft, scrambled from Regan National, and soon after from Langley AFB.
I will try and find the original post on this photo, and if I find it, I will post the link.
Here's several links on this photo:
(Keep in mind, they speculate that there is no trail left from the
over/under lights on the streak - Airplane lights blink excessively fast (they're strobes). It's likely that in the multiple second exposure of
this craft, the blinking lights were only captured for a single frame.)
And I found the original ATS Thread
UFO captured on DC Webcam In No-Fly Zone
[edit on 6/8/2006 by obsidian468]