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A Question About Contrails

Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:30 pm

Is it possible to see the contrails of our own aircraft during a flight?Some people say yes, but that never happened to me!!!
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RE: A Question About Contrails

Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:33 pm

Yes it is. The problem is trying to get a view to the rear, as the contrails do not form immediatly at the engine exhaust, but a distance further back.
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RE: A Question About Contrails

Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:57 pm

It is possible. Your best chance is sitting towards the very back of an airplane that has wing mounted engines. Longer models such as A321 or 773 are best.
The more saturated the outside air the more pronounced the contrail and in some cases you will get a visible contrail almost immediately behind the engine exhaust. In really humid air you may actually get aerodynamic contrails as well.
Only other time I've seen it was in holding patterns at high altitudes. As you circle around you can see you contrail from the opposite direction. if you make more than one circuit and the winds aloft are light, you might even get the chance to fly back through them!
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RE: A Question About Contrails

Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:57 pm