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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: TheHickmanReport@yahoogroups.com Original Subject: [TheHickmanReport] Digest Number 470
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2002
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      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: TheHickmanReport@yahoogroups.com
      Original Subject: [TheHickmanReport] Digest Number 470
      Original Date: 1 Dec 2002 08:31:35 -0000

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      Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 06:27:30 -0600
      From: "The Hickman Report" <thehickmanreport@...>
      Subject: Jets Attempt to Intercept 'Contrail'

      Jets Attempt to Intercept 'Contrail'

      By ROBERT BURNS
      AP Military Writer



      WASHINGTON (AP)--The military command responsible for the defense of North
      American airspace scrambled fighter jets in response to unverified reports
      of an airborne condensation trail, or contrail, moving from the Caribbean to
      the United States, defense officials said Thursday.

      Lt. Col. Michael Humm, a Pentagon spokesman, said the incident happened
      Wednesday and that the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado
      Springs, Colo., was continuing to investigate.

      The reported contrail stirred concern because of the possibility that it
      could have indicated the presence of an unauthorized jet aircraft in or
      approaching American airspace. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the
      Pentagon has taken greater precautions to monitor U.S. airspace.

      A contrail is created by vapor from a jet engine in the presence of cold
      air.

      The jets that were scrambled to attempt to intercept and identify the source
      of the contrail found nothing, said Lt. Cmdr. Curtis Jenkins, a NORAD
      spokesman. He said NORAD had developed no new information since the initial
      report at 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday. NORAD is reviewing data from its tracking
      radars in search of evidence, he said.

      A Pentagon statement said NORAD received unverified reports of ``what
      appeared to be a contrail of unknown origin,'' originally in the vicinity of
      the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.

      ``Initially, it was reported to be heading northwestward toward the United
      States,'' the statement said. ``Commercial airline pilots later reported the
      contrail over Florida and later over Indiana. Thereafter, no other sightings
      were reported.''

      The reported contrail was never verified by visual or radar contact, the
      Pentagon statement said.

      At the Federal Aviation Administration, spokesman Paul Turk said, ``I'm
      aware of the reports.'' He referred all questions to NORAD.

      Jenkins said he was not sure who reported the initial sighting over the
      Caribbean. He also was unsure who requested NORAD to launch fighter jets or
      from which military bases they were scrambled.

      ``We don't necessarily judge or second-guess when a request comes to us to
      investigate'' a contrail, he said.

      Meanwhile, reports of a ball of fire streaking across the sky early Thursday
      had people throughout the Northwest flooding radio and television stations
      with calls reporting a meteor shower.

      It was believed that the light came from a Russian rocket body re-entering
      the Earth's atmosphere about 6:15 a.m. The U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha,
      Neb., and the North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed a Russian
      rocket fell back to Earth, but gave no further details.


      AP-NY-11-28-02 1833EST

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    • satcom
      Looks like the first instance is a spoof.......NORAD Tracking Santa....the second (fireball) is confirmed as the re-entry of Proton DM Block. Part of the
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 1, 2002
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        Looks like the first instance is a spoof.......NORAD Tracking Santa....the
        second (fireball) is confirmed as the re-entry of Proton DM Block. Part of
        the launcher that failed last monday attempting to put Astra 1 K into geo
        orbit.

        John.



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