Photo by Malcolm Harris
was sent to George Knapp a couple weeks ago and George sent it to me asking for my opinion on it. He also asked me not to do anything with until he
had a chance to use it in a piece he did for his station Channel 8 in Las Vegas (don't let the chemtrail stuff distract you, I'm interested in this
weird contrail) if you watch the video you'll see George interview the guy who took the picture:
8 News NOW
8 News NOW
So now that you know the history behind this image I'd love to get our resident Aircraft Experts' take on what sort of an engine you think could have
caused such a weird contrail?
Could this have been a short fire test of new scram-jet that has really high pulse frequency? Could that explain why the "doughnuts" are so tightly
packed on the "rope"? It's been a long time since I really dug into the nuts and bolts of scram-jet technology so I'm sure there have been massive
improvements and alterations I am unaware of but, damn, that's a weird looking trail!
My best guess on the abrupt start/stop of the contrail is the that the plane could have been brought up to the test altitude by a carrier craft,
released, the engine fired, then shut down and the test craft simply flew away under non scram power leaving no contrail.
Does that sound reasonable? Does anyone have any knowledge of a setup like that for a new scram-jet, or, something completely new and different and
not a scram-jet at all?
I've been following scram-jets in various articles that appear the AIAA's "Aerospace America" over the last several years and I know they have
achieved extremely high mach speeds for several minutes in a few of the test beds. That said, I can't imagine how you'd end up with something like
this trail from one of those known test beds based on the images of the trails I've seen coming from them, they just don't look like this.
I think the guy in Nevada just might have captured the evidence of something new and probably very secret which is beyond cool all by itself.
So, the $64.00 question is...
Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?
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