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Huge Chaff Cloud That Lit Up Radars As It Drifted Across The Midwest Remains A Mystery

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Yesterday, meteorologists, and anyone else watching weather radar in southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky, noticed an unusual formation drifting through the area. Although evidence remains limited, this was likely a burst of chaff released from a U.S. military aircraft, but there is still no clear explanation as to why the plane released the radar-reflecting countermeasures in this particular area. (www.thedrive.com) Altro...

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teslataildragger
Santa testing his new Garmin G5000 The big day is getting close.
lynx318
lynx318 1
Santa was using tinsel chaff, redneks were trying to lock a SAM on to him.
SmokedChops
SmokedChops 12
"Dammit Carl! the OTHER red button"
mariofer
mariofer 2
LMAO. That made my day.
spammyh
That's probably the most likely explanation.
williambaker08
This is a tapped out reference. But was homer to busy playing a game to not see the nuclear power station about to blow up. Lol
kdhurne
Ken Hurne 5
In the follow-up article, they state "The plane needed to dump the excess chaff in its countermeasures dispensers before landing as a safety precaution." Can someone explain why dumping the chaff would be needed for safety? I get dumping fuel, but I don't see how chaff is that significant to require being dumped. Just seems the press release statement is hiding something. I will admit ignorance on this so that is why I'm asking if anyone here is in the know.

Here is the follow-up article:
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25451/a-west-virginia-air-guard-c-130h-was-responsible-for-massive-chaff-cloud-over-midwest
dtgriscom
Perhaps it was not the chaff itself, but its (possibly incendiary) dispensing system that was the safety concern.
lynx318
lynx318 3
The possible explanation was given that a disarming crew might not have been available at their landing field does sound feasible.
nasdisco
Chris B 5
Twitter storm?
Cansojr
Cansojr 8
Cow farts.
ghstark
Greg S 4
Needs moar chaffstick.
ronash13
Ron Nash 2
Isn't chaff a suitable feedstock for reindeers? Seems pretty straightforward to me, seeing a fat bearded guy in a red and white suit must be doing flight tests at present.
SmittySmithsonite
In reference to the last section of the story ...

I don't care what anyone says. Metals are NOT good for ANY engine, turbine or piston.
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
Good thing it's winter. Had it been in summer, it would have been difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.
lynx318
lynx318 1
Ba dum tss
paultrubits
You meant autumn right?
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Spring wheat is harvested mid Aug- Mid Sept. Winter wheat May & June
Chaff does not have a regular harvest season
rartac
Covering up the chemtrails.
lynx318
lynx318 2
Just aliens shredding their aluminised paper documents, nothing to see here, move along...
williambaker08
I was just letting off some steam. Gezzz cans a person be upset without being noticed anymore lol.
williambaker08
Can’t not cans
Cansojr
Cansojr 1
Say What?
williambaker08
Lol I said I was just letting off some steam was all that created the cloud.
Cansojr
Cansojr 1
Does it smell anything like sulfur dioxide?
paultrubits
More like hydrogen sulfide.
CHBHA
CB HARDY 1
Plastic waste is now in the air.
Clindnberk
Bead Window - Bead Window - BEAD WINDOW !!
bsampson
Chaff.....REALLY...if you say so. Now if you said that a 130 punched out a bunch of flares I might by that but Chaff...
ftldave
Actually, the WV hill jacks were tossing their empty beer cans out of the Herc all along the way.
ftldave
P.S. The West Virginia Air National Guard admitted deploying the chaff, though the explanation is nonsense - for safety reasons prior to landing. I still think it was beer cans.
deingy
Don't expect the military to tell the truth. The information officer probably doesn't get the truth either. The history of dealing with the military shows they fib and now that guy is gone with no one responsible. They can cut orders and the person be gone the next morning.
deingy
10 hours, 50 plus miles ???????
Mickthegti
Weed still grows wild from CIA experiments in Lexington ky,
deingy
I'm told by kin that that was lousy smoking hemp. Rope quality.
moussa9414
Où est le vol LBT 212 ?
Cansojr
Cansojr 1
I get the first part of your response, I just don't know what LBT 212 is. Would you kindly translate what LBT 212 is?
IFlyUBuy
IFlyUBuy 1
Li-ion Battery Test
richardorgill
Slow news day at Flight Aware
paulCIA
paulCIA -5
So nobody heard about this meteor shower thing going on? https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/12/world/geminid-meteor-shower/index.html
paulCIA
paulCIA -5
It's just so obviously the debris trail of a meteor, and our best scientific minds couldn't figure this out?
lynx318
lynx318 1
Meteor showers don't start at 9000ft.
paulCIA
paulCIA 0
Or chaff. Who cares, anyone bother to check the charts if it's military airspace?
williambaker08
The meteor show is scheduled for tommorow Friday December 14th not yesterday lol.

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