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posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 08:20 AM
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I really hope this is the right place, I couldn't think of anywhere else to put it.

I was walking outside this morning in Charleston, SC and I happened to be enjoying some wonderful cloud formations. I'll add links to the larger images since the thumbnails aren't liking properly.

Exhibit A

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A couple of hours after I took that image I saw something weird, four parallel lines. So, I took another picture!

Exhibit B

files.abovetopsecret.com...

They got closer, so I took yet another picture.

Exhibit C

files.abovetopsecret.com...

And, just for good measure I took a video too. (It's from an iPhone so I know the quality isn't fantastic, but my other camera was inside and chilled, therefore it fogged when I walked into the humidity. Sorry!)

Exhibit D



This would be a chemtrail believer's paradise*, were it not for the fact that the vapor dissipated within a minute or two of their passing. Anyways, I noticed a large aircraft following right behind the smaller aircraft as they passed over. You can sort of pick it out in the video.

I'm not sure what this was all about, and I don't suspect anything diabolical either. At first I suspected maybe Air Force One, but didn't hear anything on the ATC radio here. It very well could simply be a military exercise, maybe refueling or something. We do have Charleston Air Force Base less than three miles from where I was when I took these, so it's possible it could have been something like that, or a C-17 being escorted. Who knows!

I just thought it was really cool and wanted to see if anyone had anything to say about it!

Have a great day folks!

* I'm not a chemtrail person.
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posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 08:40 AM
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That is a military formation you caught there not chemtrails, if you saw a heavy in the area chances are it was a tanker and the smaller ones were either getting ready to top off or had just finished. Contrails appear to be F-16s or maybe T-38s, due to the fact that anything bigger will have a dual looking contrail to them and the T-38`s engine are so close together and tiny to begin with.



posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 08:43 AM
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That's what I was figuring. We do have a large number of F-16's at CHS and I believe we have even more at Shaw AFB nearby.

The chemtrail thing was a joke, I need to make that a little more clear.


Thanks for the contribution!



posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 09:42 AM
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Of course i think its a joke to, but ppl who dont understand avaition and atmospheric science are kind of like those in the dark ages that saw a new tech. and started yelling witch and burning at the stake and so on and so forth.

Our atmosphere is a fluid that is constantly moving different gases as well as density of said gases(at different temps) and lots and lots of water that cause all kinds of things to happen. If i could have heard the jets i could tell you what they were but my money is on F-16C`s. and they look to be on a training flight because the formation is loose on the turn. Ha nuggets


Bunch of lucky bass-turds im stuck with a twin prop Cessna
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posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 09:59 AM
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Thanks for the insight. I've noticed your posts quite frequently and they all are well thought out and intelligent. Right now I'm working on an extra class ham radio license, but afterwards I'm looking at potentially getting a private pilots certification. I love aviation and eventually I'd like to be a regular pilot for some company or something. That's one reason I thought that was so interesting this morning, I haven't seen many things like that before!



posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 07:26 PM
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The larger aircraft was probably their tanker following behind them with the crew chiefs on it. I know the Thunderbirds were in Gary IN last weekend, but it's kind of late for them to be going anywhere. Usually they leave by the Tuesday after a show. Most likely F-16s though.



posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 11:18 PM
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Always great to see a local thread, I'm in the Charleston area I drive there to work 4 nights a week. I love when I get to see the planes overhead, unfortunately I work at night so I hardly see it. Great post!



posted on Jul, 14 2012 @ 12:23 PM
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Download as many ebooks as possible and educate yourself as much as you can, that`ll make it way easier and cheaper in the long run. The FAA website has a ton of info on them and you need to review CFR-14 here would be my advice to start. Lots to learn and know and you had better make yourself like mathmatics.



posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 01:00 AM
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Originally posted by StratosFear
That is a military formation you caught there not chemtrails, if you saw a heavy in the area chances are it was a tanker and the smaller ones were either getting ready to top off or had just finished. Contrails appear to be F-16s or maybe T-38s, due to the fact that anything bigger will have a dual looking contrail to them and the T-38`s engine are so close together and tiny to begin with.


I would say a tanker and F-16's as well. Wouldn't be T-38's though. There not air to air refuelable. Usually though when they are staying with the tanker like a ferry service, they are right on the wing of the tanker, not separated as far as they seem to be in the pictures and video. Kind of like this:




posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 05:08 AM
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Depends though. The last portion of the flight after their last refueling the fighters usually go on ahead and at least one tanker drops back (if there's more than one with them). That way the fighters get on the deck and if there's a problem the tanker is still airborne.



posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 12:15 PM
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T-38s are used for non-connection air to air refueling training to get the pilots used to the buffeting of displaced air coming off the larger aircraft. Aircraft that have just refueled or are in a holding pattern will stay in formation regardless, so the OP could have seen them doing this. It really doesnt matter i see this all the time, nothing to worry about til you see them leaving sharp contrails in the sky and rippling off chaff and flares. Thats what a dogfight looks like a 15,000ft, or a substitute for a failed Six-Flags vacation.



posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 04:51 PM
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I would probably say they were on a ferry flight. the heavy would have the crew chiefs. bases send their birds all over the country for training missions, like Red Flag.



posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 02:02 AM
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Very true. After the last a/r they do fly ahead to land



posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 02:08 AM
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Originally posted by StratosFear
reply to post by boomer135
 


T-38s are used for non-connection air to air refueling training to get the pilots used to the buffeting of displaced air coming off the larger aircraft. Aircraft that have just refueled or are in a holding pattern will stay in formation regardless, so the OP could have seen them doing this. It really doesnt matter i see this all the time, nothing to worry about til you see them leaving sharp contrails in the sky and rippling off chaff and flares. Thats what a dogfight looks like a 15,000ft, or a substitute for a failed Six-Flags vacation.


Well in my six years as a boom operator, I've never seen a t-38 come up to a tanker, even for practice. We don't even have procedures in our T.O.'s on T-38, i.e. airspeed, rendeveaux procedures, etc. I would like to see this in action though if you know where a website or source is. I thought Ive refueled every active airframe in the inventory, practice (like uav's) or contacts. Now if it's true that they fly up to the tanker for practice, I just got a little sad...lol





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