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Strange Contrails Over CT  
User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 199 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

While driving up the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut, I saw a tear drop shaped contrail. I had never seen one like that before. Then, I saw yet another one being formed. I couldn't tell what kind of aircraft it was because of it's distance and altitude. Anyone know what this could have been?


Jeff


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3603 times:

Funny you should mention the "teardrop" shape, since that's one of the ways to enter a holding pattern:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holding_(aviation)

If you scroll down a bit, you'll see illustrations of three types of entries, one of them being the "teardrop" entry.

Sounds like what you saw was someone entering a holding pattern. For where? Hard to say. BOS? JFK? EWR?, LGA?


User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2264 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

You didn't really see this. You may think you saw something like this. Perhaps moisture on your windshield, or a illusion precipitated by RainX. Polarized sunglasses can cause optical illusions as well.

Weather balloons can look teardrop shaped.
Don't forget, they know who you are, they know where you live, have your IP, and are checking your mobile phone records for calls to Coast to Coast. Art Bell used to ask question like this. Look where he is now.


On the other hand, could be Holding Pattern entries or a Refueling Track/Anchor pattern.



I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineGolftango From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

No, I believe westbound traffic is being returned east. I seen two westbound ac do a180 and head back east (bos maybe)? I posted about this earlier. Maybe it has to do with the NYC incident?

User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

Such a coincidence, we were also driving in CT yesterday and saw a tear drop-like contrail. Big grin At first I thought it was a rainbow contrail then later I realized that it was just plain white.....


It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3372 times:



Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
Hard to say. BOS? JFK? EWR?, LGA?

Probably BOS, since JFK's holding pattern should be over the Atlantic from my experience.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

Funny enough I'm in CT right now. I look out my hotel window and all I see is a 100% cover cloud layer at who knows what altitude.

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3325 times:



Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 2):
You didn't really see this.

In my experiences on the Parkway, it's difficult to look at anything but the road in front of you and the cars whizzing past you...

More seriously, though, I'd also guess that it was some sort of holding pattern.



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User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

Thanks for the info. My thoughts were either a air force refueling track or flight making a u-turn back towards BOS (or PVD I suppose). The second I saw actually being formed, but like I said it was too far off in the distance (to the east) and too high (FL30+ maybe) to tell what kind of aircraft it was. The second one was almost exactly tracing the one that was already there. I had never seen anything like that before.

Jeff



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User currently offlineChapavaeaa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Couldn't tell you about the contrails in Conn, but there was a strange one in DFW about noontime here in DFW. Ran east/west in between I-30 and I-20 west of 360 to maybe about halfway between I-820 and Fort Worth downtown. The strange part was how low it was. I was slightly below the level of a couple of low clouds we had in the area. It may have been a smoke trail from a airshow aircraft, but there was nothing scheduled in the area.

This one was no 30K...more like 2000 to 3000 feet max.


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4164 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

I suppose we could search FlightAware for some Boston-bound flights coming up from the south to see if they display the kind of circuit you saw.

User currently offlineChapavaeaa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Could you have been looking at the same aircraft as "Right Now - Westerly, Rhode Island" thread?

User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2844 times:



Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 10):

Actually, they were coming from the east/north and turn back to pretty much the same point it came in one.

Jeff



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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1662 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2836 times:
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There were skywriters out over Southwestern Connecticut on Saturday, they passed over my house around 11:00 am heading east basically following I-95. The winds blew the sky type so it’s was hard to read not soon after.

What caught my attention was the engine noise from the formation of T-6s wing to wing as they let out different burst of white smoke, nothing beats the mellow sound of radial engines, although personally I will take the sound of a Merlin powered P-51 over a T-6 anytime.

JetStar


User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

It definitely wasn't them. It was much further east.

Quoting Chapavaeaa (Reply 11):
Could you have been looking at the same aircraft as "Right Now - Westerly, Rhode Island" thread?

I read that thread and think that's exactly what I saw. Very strange.

Jeff



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User currently offlineLufthansa411 From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 692 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

I wonder if it has anything to do with the government a/c that I saw fly by.

I was sitting on the beach yesterday in Charlestown (just east of Westerly) when around 11 AM there was a government helicopter branded with "United States of America" that flew by (sorry don't know what kind, but it was the type that the president flies on). It was flying very low and fast (for a helicopter). I wonder if they were carrying someone of enough importance to put flights into a holding pattern. Above them just in case.



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User currently offlineSectflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

I saw them over New London at about noon on saturday

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