I’m helping the government erase any doubts about the origin of that “cloud” that many mistook for missile plume. Generally the public will believe anything. This image simply nails it.
The Pentagon is unable to explain images of what witnesses took to be a high-altitude rocket launched off the coast of southern California at sunset Monday. But John Pike, a defense expert who is director of GlobalSecurity.org, said he believes he has solved the mystery.
“It’s clearly an airplane contrail,” Pike said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s an optical illusion that looks like it’s going up, whereas in reality it’s going towards the camera. The tip of the contrail is moving far too slowly to be a rocket. When it’s illuminated by the sunset, you can see hundreds of miles of it … all the way to the horizon.