Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 8 Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
The photographer states that 4 airliners just flew over his airliner in the photo below. Do you think it's possible that what the man with the camera thought were airliners are actually a flight of military aircraft, such as C-5 Galaxies, C-141 Starlifters or even Globemasters?
The reason I ask is because I've never seen airliners fly side by side like this. They are always in trail of one another along an airway....at least that's how they're separated over Toronto and the surrounding areas, where I live.
What do you guys think? I think they're military myself. (no disrespect meant to the photographer).
PW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
The factors pointing to fighters to me is the appearance of the contrail as jetdoctor said and the fact that it could be Combat Air Patrol. I wonder what kind of lateral spacing that is. Maybe a few NM or so?
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1433 times:
As I mentioned, I in now way, shape, or form, intended to insult Vasco's abilty to identify aircraft. This photo simply made me curious because I've never seen 4 airliners flying "Line Abreast" / "side by side" like that before. Because I thought that the seperation between these airliners seem rather abnormal...I thought of military Heavy Iron as a possability.
I also thought that the contrails looked like they could belong to a flight of fighter jets on patrol because of the shape of the contrails, however, I figured that even though Vasco said he was slow at taking the shot (obviously he was surprised), I figured he likely saw the size of the aircraft. A 747 or A340 has 4 engines, but so do C-5's and C-141's.
Regarding fighter jets, I'm sure they don't always fly in "tight" formation with only the lead pilot looking forward. That way they can scan the skies better without worrying about hitting each other.
Perhaps Jetguy is correct....They are chemtrails of Valium meant to keep Illinois mellow!
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6945 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1421 times:
The claim that they flew overhead three seconds before pretty well rules out airliners, if it's true. If it's true, then they're now maybe a half-mile away from the camera, but they only spread across a fifth of the frame width. If the shot was taken with a 50 mm (and it looks rather like that, wouldn't you say?) then that means they are 8 degrees apart; since they're half a mile away that makes them a small fraction of a mile apart.
Yes, they may not be side by side, and the lens might be wider-- but there's no way they can be miles apart if they all flew overhead three seconds before. Or anything like it.