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Chaff and flares are defensive mechanisms employed from military aircrafi to avoid detection and/or attack by adversary air defense systems. Chaff consists of small fibers that reflect radar signals and, when dispensed in large quantities from aircraft, form a cloud that temporarily hides the aircraft from radar detection. The two major types of military chaff in use are aluminum foil and aluminum-coated glass fibers. The aluminum foil-type is no longer manufactured, although it may still be in use.
When ejected from an aircraft, chaff forms the electromagnetic equivalent of a visual smoke screen that temporarily hides the aircraft from radar. Chaff also serves to decoy radar allowing aircraft to maneuver or egress from the area. It consists of small, extremely tie fibers of aluminum or aluminum-coated glass that disperse widely in the air when ejected from the aircraft and effectively reflect radar signals in various bands, in order to create a very large image of reflected signals ("return") on the radar screen. In the air, the initial burst from a chaff bundle forms a sphere that shows up on radar screens as an electronic cloud. The aircraft is obscured by the cloud, which confuses enemy radar. Since chaff can obstruct radar, its use is coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
They found the blob was not nature-made, after all, and was likely so-called military chaff, or reflective particles used to test military radar.
"What we were able to see from the dual-pol radar data looked similar to military chaff cases previously, but the primary difference was that the winds weren't blowing the stuff away," Havin said. "The releases were happening primarily below 3,300 feet [1,000 meters] above the ground and the low-level winds that afternoon were almost nonexistent (less than 3 mph [4.8 km/h]), so the chaff was basically pluming outward over a good portion of the Huntsville metro area."
In fact, the chaff was visible on their radar for more than nine hours, and the news stories lingered even longer.
"Officially, Redstone Arsenal disclosed that it was a military test using RR-188 military chaff," Havin said, referring to aircraft used to spread a cloud of aluminum-coated silica in the case of RR-188.
It is estimated that the U.S. Armed Forces dispense about 500 tons of chaff per year (USAF 2001), with most chaff being released during training exercises within the continental United States.
Chaff is released or dispensed from military vehicles in cartridges or projectiles that contain millions of dipoles. When
deployed, a diffuse cloud of dipoles is formed that is undetectable to the human eye. Chaff is a very light
material that can remain suspended in air anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours and can travel
considerable distances from its release point, depending on prevailing atmospheric conditions (USAF
Concerns have been raised since the early 1950s by both the public and government officials on
the potential impacts of chaff on the environment.
First of all, chaff released by military aircraft does not look like what people are claiming to be chemtrails. That explanation does not suffice. And second, large commercial type planes would not be releasing chaff, and even if it did happen occasionally, it would not be so widespread. Of course this stuff is being released into our atmosphere, and it may even be harmful, but that has nothing to do with believing in chemtrails.
reply to post by snypwsd
I believe that you know a fair bit about chemtrails, but honnestly you could have picked better evidence to back up your rant.
reply to post by FissionSurplus
You're right; some people just don't want to get it. I guess maybe opening their minds and admitting that they might be wrong would be too much for an over-developed ego to handle.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
Fiberglass is a nasty thing to breath. I feel like we are nothing more than 'collateral damage' to our government.edit on 2u33America/Chicago311 by nugget1 because: Correct spelling
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I'm not saying chemtrails aren't real, but I do know it's not chaff.
My point is that stuff is being put in the air. Chaff is the most readily proven.
SOMETHING BAD is being sprayed. Can we agree on that, at least?
Getting them to accept the fact that things are being sprayed, by the ton, is the first step. Getting them to see that, if that junk is sprayed, then perhaps other things can be as well, since the apparatus is in place, is the next step.
My favorite are the lower flying military aircraft who leave the broken line pattern of chaff
Are you posting in a moderator capacity, or as just another ATSer? Because that will definitely determine how I will respond to you.
Yep, I have seen the stuff all over the trees while driving down interstate 5 in Northerm California.
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There's no moderation going on in this thread by me. I'm participating as a regular member.
But the problem with existing fiberglass chaff is that it is too big and too easy to detect, asserts Gassman. It can be seen with the naked eye. Its relatively heavy mass pulls it quickly from the sky once fired from an airplane, which gives the enemy the “idea that something on the radar is really not the plane,” he says.