More on the Mystery Missile – and a Poll!

So, the mystery of the unidentified contrail see over Los Angeles three nights ago continues. Experts go back and forth over whether it was a missile (and its implications) or a jet mistaken for a missile due to the curvature of the Earth. At least one Southern Californian, however, thinks he’s not only determined it was a jet, but what commercial flight it was – and he’s seen it again:

I wonder if I’m the first to call it, the reported unexplained missile launch off the coast of California, was US Airways 808.

I did a lot of extrapolation of what flights could be at the right position (off the coast) at the right altitude (for contrail formation) and came down to two possibilities: UPS flight 902 (UPS902) or US Airways flight 808 (AWE808).

As I was researching tonight (24 hours later), I realized that today’s AWE808 current position (at around 4:50pm) was almost the same as it was the day of the incident. I quickly pulled up a Newport Beach webcam and found that (apparently) AWE808 was making an identical contrail, 24 hours later!

Read the rest, and be sure to check out the web cam image taken from a corner in Newport Beach the day after “The Event.” He makes a good case. (Update: Also visit the link he provides to the very informative Contrail Science blog)

Meanwhile Ed at Hot Air reports on a poll of Angelenos taken by Survey USA for KABC:

One television station decided to poll Angelenos on whether they thought the government had told the truth about its origin, and the results show that LA doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the answer. The Survey USA poll shows only 20% of respondents who were “familiar” with the story think the government told the truth about the contrail, while 66% — two-thirds — say the government lied about it.

The crosstabs show a remarkable sense of unity. Young, middle-aged, old, white, black, Hispanic — the overwhelming majority in every demographic believes the government lied about it. The best the government does is with those 55 or older, where only 54% say it’s a lie, while 34% believe the explanation. Only 6% of younger voters buy the official conclusion, while 77% reject it.

Me, I still lean strongly toward “jet plus optical illusion.” I just have this feeling that, had it been, for example, an accidental missile launch, the news of such a boo-boo wouldn’t stay secret for very long. And the idea of a purposeful secret test off the coast with millions of people watching….? No. As for the theory that the “missile” was Chinese and that they were sending us a message, well, that would require China to be run by idiots and that’s one thing they’re not.

So, it’s time for our own poll. What do you think?

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