It’s not often I say this on the site, but the video we see below really is spectacular and something that I honestly never thought I’d see.
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It’s taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 747 aircraft by pilot Lou Boyer in eastern Russia, who managed to capture the magical image of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner completely enveloped in a thick white cloud leaving a billowing trail in its wake. This is called a contrail and is a rare phenomenon that forms when water vapour condenses and freezes around small particles emitted from the plane’s exhaust.
As you can see, it looks absolutely amazing:
Of course, conspiracy nuts argued that it was actually a chemtrail spraying God knows what all over the ground, but the Environmental Protection Agency issued the following statement to try and help dispel this:
Aircraft engines emit water vapour, carbon dioxide, small amounts of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, sulfur gases, and soot and metal particles, formed by the high-temperature combustion of jet fuel, during flight. Of these emittants, only water vapour is necessary for contrail formation.
Persistent contrails can last for hours while growing to several kilometres in width and 200 to 400 meters in height.
Contrails spread because of air turbulence created by the passage of aircraft, differences in wind speed along the flight track, and possibly through effects of solar heating.
Pilot Lou Boyer added tot his by saying the following:
The combination of high relative humidity and a nice sunrise gave this contrail a nice deep colour as the contrail created its own shadow.
Here’s some more evidence disproving the whole chemtrail thing. Pretty flimsy stuff.