Originally posted by thatguy51
If it is a Contrail, were is the wings on the plane? Also I think it is the second picture in the set, but I just spent the weekend at a airshow with
some of the best pilots in the world, none could make thier planes move like that.
Do you honestly think that a meteor could make maneuvers that a plane could not?
OK, first off, this plane is at relatively high altitude. If you watch planes flying at altitude, and the contrails that form, the contrails often get
kinks in them due to wind-shear. That is what we are seeing here.
Secondly, for this effect to occur, the plane must be heading away from the observer (more or less) and
towards the same horizon where the sun
is (either setting or rising). If the sun is not just below the horizon, then the angle won't be right, and the sun light won't reflect off the
contrail. Notice how the the color of reflected light from the contrail matches that you'd expect to see from sun-lit clouds in a sunset/sunrise!
You'll only ever come across this type of photo/footage during a sunset/sunrise. It's a dead give away!
Because, the plane is heading away from you, and
is very far away, you won't see the wings since it's like trying to see a sheet of A4 paper
from 1000 m away when you are looking at it "edge on" - just like this, wings are simply too thin to resolve at such distances and angles. It also
may be the case that the contrail is itself hiding the wings.
Thirdly, what really gives this away as an obvious contrail, is that there are two
parallel trails running along side each other in all the
close-ups. This leaves absolutely no doubt in my mind (if there was any before!) that this was caused by a jet. Meteors would never leave such a
dual-trail, where as this is typical from sun-lit contrails!
Fourthly, and I'm sure the OP will confirm this - the object would have been moving slowly "downward" in the footage. Meteors are much faster, and
the trails they leave behind tend to drift very slowly, gradually becoming more twisted and contorted due to extreme high altitude winds. This process
looks completely different to what we see here, with fresh contrail being laid down, and the older parts fading away.
Here are numerous examples of sun-lit contrails to prove my point: