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Fraser
2010-Nov-10, 01:40 PM
What took place in the skies above California’s coastline Monday, Nov. 8? That is still being hotly debated by experts and laymen alike. What appears to be a missile firing some 35 miles off the coast of California, near the Island of Catalina appears in a KCBS news chopper footage. The Pentagon has stated that [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/78062/mystery-missile-likely-an-airplane/)

megrfl
2010-Nov-10, 02:23 PM
I would believe that it was a "departing" flight from San Nicholas Island, but officials there state that there was no flight activity on Monday. Additionally, it appears to have originated 35 miles off the coast of California, if that is accurate, then it wouldn't be a flight from the nearby airport.

Looking forward to knowing the flights origin and purpose, hopefully it will be determinable.

Bobbar
2010-Nov-10, 02:36 PM
I didn't think it looked like a missile for one second. This happened not too long ago in the same area, and has happened several times before.

Missile or airplane? (http://goo.gl/ZeMZJ)

megrfl
2010-Nov-10, 03:00 PM
I didn't think it looked like a missile for one second. This happened not too long ago in the same area, and has happened several times before.

Missile or airplane? (http://goo.gl/ZeMZJ)

Initially, I did think it appeared to be a rocket launch. I have seen quite a few launches from the Kennedy Space Station and if the Navy, et al had stated that they had launched it, I would not have been surprised. Your attached photo definitely resembles a rocket launch.

Bobbar
2010-Nov-10, 03:22 PM
Initially, I did think it appeared to be a rocket launch. I have seen quite a few launches from the Kennedy Space Station and if the Navy, et al had stated that they had launched it, I would not have been surprised. Your attached photo definitely resembles a rocket launch.

But, it's definitely an airplane.

Jim
2010-Nov-10, 06:15 PM
Airplane, probably a commercial flight from Hawaii to someplace inland. These routinely overfly the LA basin.

If you're viewing a west-to-east flight path from the east - coming at you - it will give the appearance of moving up rather than toward you... horizon to zenith.

slang
2010-Nov-10, 06:23 PM
Also discussed on BAUT here: Mysterious Missile Launch (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/109316-Mysterious-Missile-Launch)

Bobbar
2010-Nov-10, 08:59 PM
Looks like it's been narrowed down to a specific flight.

http://contrailscience.com/a-problem-of-perspective-in-the-oc-new-years-eve-contrail/

wd40
2010-Nov-11, 02:08 AM
THIS is a missile!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58imUYwPowE&feature=related

megrfl
2010-Nov-11, 02:01 PM
Yes, the launched rocket will have a narrow contrail because it is moving at a much higher pace, in fact, you will visually lose the rocket before the contrail begins to excessively widen. Bobbar's first photo link shows what resembles a launched rocket but you can "see" the speed by the contrail, it appears to be going at a snails pace comparatively.

vonmazur
2010-Nov-13, 01:54 AM
http://blog.bahneman.com/content/it-was-us-airways-flight-808

UPS 902 is also a better fit than USAW 808.....

Dale