Missile Off California Coast

November 10, 2010 by USA Post 

Missile Off California Coast, (CNN) The streaks in the sky of southern California, on Monday appeared to be a contrail of aircraft, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

Col. Dave Lapan said the trails – which glowed orange in the sunset streaked sky Monday night – looked like a rocket launch to some people, but “there was no threat to American territory.”

Lapan said that no evidence exists to suggest that the striations were “nothing but a vapor trail from an airplane.”

The Pentagon was initially unable to explain the pictures of what the witnesses took to be a high-altitude rocket launch off the coast of southern California at sunset Monday.

This is the conclusion of John Pike, a defense expert and director of

“This is clearly a trail of airplane,” Pike said Tuesday.

“It’s an optical illusion that looks like it goes up; when in reality it goes to the camera. The end of the contrail is far too slowly to be a rocket. When it is illuminated by the sun, you can see hundreds of miles … all the way ahead.

“Why the government is so disorganized that it can not find someone on hand to explain and make this story go away … I think that’s the real story, “added Pike.”I mean, it’s crazy that all the money that we spend all these people is technically competent, they can not find someone on hand to explain what is incredibly obvious.”

A U.S. Northern Command official who did not want to be identified said the trail could very well be an airplane.

An “illusion” effect is the drag look like it rose up, but it was actually the level, the official said. The event is similar to another observation about New Year’s Eve in which they were witnesses observers believed a missile, “he said.

No unit Department of Defense launches reported at the time. The North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command United States did not report any foreign missile launches off the coast of California, Lapan said. Still, it was not a threat to the United States, “he said.

Tuesday morning, the Pentagon and the North American Aerospace Defense Command were investigating video filmed by a news helicopter operated by CNN affiliate KCBS / KCAL showing a trail of orange rising high into the atmosphere, officials said. A contrail is the condensation trail seen behind aircraft or missiles travel at high altitudes.

The Federal Aviation Administration, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California and Jane Harman – whose coastal districts closest trails sea – have been at a loss to explain the images.

“The FAA radar ran replays of a region west of Los Angeles-based large media reports on possible missile launch at about 17 pm (PT) on Monday. The radar replays revealed no fast moving unidentified targets in this area, “said the spokesman from the FAA, Ian Gregor.” The FAA received no reports of unusual sightings … Pilots flying in the area Monday afternoon.

“The FAA has not approved commercial space launches in the region on Monday,” he added.

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