Sunday, June 08, 2014

Pilot admits role in contrail formation

Pensacola News Journal
11:11 p.m. CDT June 7, 2014

Letter to Editor

In the past year or so, the PNJ has published several letters by Charlie Butts.

Mr. Butts has been trying to expose a secret government program to poison our skies with chemicals mixed in the contrails of high-flying aircraft. As a Naval aviator for 30 years, I confess that I was part of this program.

Whenever we were flying between 25,000 and 40,000 feet, the laws of physics allowed sharp-eyed patriots like Charlie to spot our nefarious activities. That, of course, is the region where contrails often form from jet engine exhaust. We would take in large amounts of air and compress it to gain the most oxidizer possible; then mix it with highly refined kerosene and put a match to it. Voila! Thrust out the back making the aircraft go fast.

But what were we putting out in that exhaust plume? Well, what goes in is what comes out – same atoms, but different molecular combinations. Lots of carbon dioxide, some oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, and – wait for it – the "evil" chemical that makes the contrails: dihydrogen oxide.

Think I'll go have a glass of it.

– William DuBois



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