- The US Air Force is crying "uncle". After three
consecutive hard-pressed years' flying a multitude of missions, the big
jet tankers that spray chemtrails and refuel warplanes in flight can no
longer complete their far-flung assignments.
- Hundreds of ancient airplanes, a growing exodus of tanker
crews, and additional refueling burdens brought on by 9.11 and an illegal
president's declaration of "never-ending" war against 60 sovereign
nations have pushed Congress into approving the costly lease of additional
airliners for conversion to operational tanker status.
- In July 1999, nearly 18 months after North American chemtrail
operations kicked into high gear, the Air Force asked the Secretary of
Defense for a "reprieve" in the number of missions they would
have to fly "over the next six to eight months." Since then,
this planet-wide geoengineering experiment over Canada, the USA and Europe
in a is further stretching already overtaxed tankers and crews among more
than 30 USAF refueling wings past the breaking point.
- BOMBS AWAY More than a decade ago, Desert Storm demonstrated
the limits of tanker time. During this one-sided contest - which saw one
bomb run every minute round-the-clock for more than a month over a country
the size of Texas - KC-10 and the KC-135 tankers conducted some 51,700
mid-air refuelings. Ironically in this conflict over oil, hard-pressed
tanker crews exceeded Saudi refining capacity to pump 125 million gallons
of fuel into tactical aircraft - and global warming. As a result of this
extraordinary effort, as many as 500,000 terrified teenage conscripts,
parents, grandparents and children under the age of 15 were killed in what
later bombing assessments termed "the most intensive urban bombing
campaign ever conducted."
- Downsized 40% after a secret biowar that killed at least
12,000 US troops hit by chemical and biological agents (and sickened hundreds
of thousands of service personnel, spouses and children with Gulf War Illness),
the Air Force was next ordered to commit almost half of its remaining people
and planes to bombing Kosovo.
- The 1999 annual Readiness Review prepared by the House
Committee on Armed Services found that the demands of refueling aircraft
bombing Kosovo had once again taxed tanker squadrons to operational limits.
Condemned by UN agencies for causing widespread civilian casualties and
the ecological devastation of Kosovo - while leaving the army and armor
of elected Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic virtually unscathed -
the sustained attacks took a toll on tankers, too.
- The congressional committee's "Strained to the Limit"
report revealed that Operation Allied Force over Kosovo had "overextended"
U.S. Air Force tanker wings, already tasked with enforcing No-Fly zones
over Iraq and Bosnia. Such sustained refuelings, it read, "has taken
its toll on personnel, equipment, and training."
- Even with some 650 KC-135 Stratotankers and 50 KC-10
Extenders in the Air Force inventory, the congressional review committee
concluded that the blue suiters' "call for a respite raises serious
doubts about whether the Air Force has sufficient forces at proper readiness
levels to execute the two major theater war requirement called for in the
National Military Strategy."
- AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS CONCERNED OVER CHEMTRAILS Chemtrails
were not mentioned among these strategic national missions nearby aimed
at controlling the international oil and narco trades. But in late June,
2002, Air Traffic Controllers across the United States continue to report
that they are being ordered to divert commercial jets beneath large formations
of tanker planes spewing chemicals at airliner altitudes that degrade their
radars. Given this operations tempo, it is uncertain how much longer the
Air Force will be able to conduct what flight controllers are being told
are "climate modification experiments".
- Whether spreading dioxin-laden defoliants and rainmaking
chemicals over the Ho Chi Minh trail, or creating sunlight-reflecting clouds
over the US homeland, the attrition of planes and personnel in waging "eco
war" has always been high. During the destruction of Kosovo, an acute
pilot shortage forced President Clinton to authorize a "call-up"
of some 33,102 National Guard and Reserve personnel.
- It was not enough. Air Mobility Command - which provides
airlift and air-to-air refueling for America's armed forces - continued
to operate with a 15% shortage of crew chiefs, fuel handlers, jet mechanics,
and other essential flight personnel. The crew crunch became so severe,
key people whose "hitches" were up, were prevented from leaving
the service before the bombing of Kosovo ended.
- Today, the Armed Services Committee finds that the Air
Force relies on National Guard and Reserve volunteers to meet over half
of its daily aerial refueling commitments around the world.
- At the same time, chemtrail laydowns continued to tax
tankers across the United States and much of Canada - as well as over the
UK, Australia and other countries of the expanded NATO alliance.
- AGING AIRPLANES
- From full-power take-off at high gross-weight, through
hot climbs to subfreezing altitudes, and the inevitable descent and jolt
of reconnecting with concrete at more than 120 miles per hour - each "flight
cycle" of a heavy aircraft places high stresses on the newest engines
- But the first KC-135 Stratotanker took to the air in
August 1956! A modified version of the first jetliner to see widespread
commercial use at the dawn of the jet age, each $52 million reconfigured
Boeing 707 carries 150,000 pounds of transferable fuel, and costs $3,448/hour
- Though able to fly at 530 miles per hour as high as 50,000
feet, tankers normally operate at much lower altitudes to rendezvous with
fuel-hungry aircraft. This means that the broad white plumes seen streaming
from photo-identified KC-135s over North American communities over the
past three years cannot be contrails. As Major General Gregory P. Barlow,
Office the Adjutant General at Camp Murray, Washington explains: "KC-135
jet aircraft operate at altitudes below 33,000 feet, which is typically
the altitude where jet contrails form."
- The last KC-135 was delivered to the Air Force in 1965.
Today, the Air Mobility Command operates more than 442 Stratotankers. Just
over half of these aircraft (268) are flown by the Air Force Reserve and
Air National Guard.
- Almost 400 of these four-engine, 46 year-old airplanes
have been refitted with new CFM engines. Born-again KC-135Rs and KC-135Ts
can offload 225,000 pounds of fuel (or chemtrail cocktails). Costing 25
percent less than the original versions to operate, these remodeled KC-135s
are seen but not often heard as they are nearly 100% quieter than the Boeing
707 (which is so loud, commercial 707s are now banned from taking off from
US airports). Aging Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard KC-135s have
also been re-engined with TF-33-PW-102 engines. Their crews fervently hope
that new aluminum-alloy skin grafts will keep the wings attached to these
old crates for another 27,000 flying hours.
- The newer KC-10 is no spring chicken either. A modified
Boeing DC-10 airliner, the KC-10A entered service in 1981. The three-engine
KC-10 carries about 320,000 pounds of transferable liquids at speeds up
to 619 mph and altitudes up to 42,000 feet. This long-legged workhorse
can deliver chemtrails over 4,400 miles.
- The KC-10A is operated by the 305th Air Mobility Wing,
McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; and the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB,
Calif. Despite these extensive retrofits, on March 22, 1999 the Associated
Press reported that hundreds of KC-135 tankers were being grounded to fix
problems in their tailfeathers. Within 24 hours of the Air Force announcement,
Chemtrail Tracking Center reports of chemtrail spraying across the USA
dropped from 24 to just two US cities. As the big Boeings were returned
to the air over the following week, chemtrail sightings climbed back to
- DIAL 9.11 FOR TANKERS
- Then came Sept. 11. Two months after a handful of fanatics
armed with Exacto knives defeated trillion-dollar North American defenses,
Aviation Week & Space Technology reported refueling tankers were "stretched
thin after three weeks of intense operations."
- Though kept on the ground during the main attacks on
the Pentagon and World Trade Center, from the evening of Sept. 11 through
Sept. 13, aircraft from 26 Air Force units took to the skies, flying continuous
circular orbits called Combat Air Patrols over 15 key areas within the
United States. Armed F-15's and F-16's provided 24 hour a day CAP coverage
in some areas. Along the way, Air Force units that normally flew 15-20
hour a day, five days a week began flying 45-60 hours a day, every day.
Many of those fighters were refueled in the air.
- Maj. Gen. Larry Arnold, commander of the Continental
U.S. NORAD Region - one of three elements of the North American Aerospace
Defense Command (NORAD) - told reporters, "We live and die with tankers.
They're heavily tasked inside and outside the U.S. borders."
- Referring to the aging airframes of the KC-135s wings,
Arnold added, "I'd be hesitant to predict how long they'll hold up."
- CHEMTRAILS OVER AFGHANISTAN
- The ongoing bombing of Canadian soldiers, wedding parties
and other targets of overseas opportunity is being carried out by B-52s
and smaller tactical aircraft flying from bases located outside the region.
The strains on tanker crews tasked with refueling thirsty fighter-bombers
to and from their targets have been further tweaked by assignments to lay
down barium-iron stearate "chemtrails" in the Central Asian stratosphere.
- In a peeping-Tom process called tomography, these aerial-sprayed
"mobile antennas" could be used with more publicized HAARP missions,
bouncing tightly-focused radio-frequency energy beamed from transmitters
in Gakon, Alaska to "X-ray" Afghanistan cave complexes. According
to MSNBC, HAARP was ordered to full-power transmission status one week
- According to two scientists who worked on this project
out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, the chemtrail antennas
laid down over Afghanistan were definitely used to conduct radio signals
to remotely-piloted drones flown by the CIA. At least 40 armed attacks
by robot planes firing "Hellfire" missiles were made by American
"pilots" sitting inside air-conditioned trailers in Uzbekistan.
- In what could be the first cases of chemtrails being
deliberately used to kill people on the ground, according to MSNBC, Predator
drones "played a role in the attack that killed Mohammed Atef, one
of bin Laden's closest aides."
- Innocent shepherds and scrap-metal salvagers were also
blown to pieces in the cowboy-style "shoot first, identify later"
attacks that saw nearly one-third of the Predators crash as their operators
grappled with the remote-controlled responses of distant drones.
- While the tele-disconnected pilots of these demolished
planes went for coffee, Air Force displeasure grew over the loss of so
many $2.5 million robot planes. Bad inter-service vibes, and bad weather
combined to cancel the CIA's drone strikes in October, 2001.
- By then, the first $48 billion weapons windfall had been
apportioned by President-select George Bush to the armed forces - and to
corporations like the Bush and bin Laden's Carlyle Group that supply the
enormously wasteful materials of war.
- The December, 2001 Defense Appropriations bill required
the tanker-challenged Air Force to lease and convert 100 Boeing 767 airliners
for aerial refueling duties over a 10-year period. According to veteran
investigators Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, "These are planes
even the Air Force doesn't want, or least not enough to include in a list
of its top 60 priorities."
- Mokhiber and Weissman point out that it would be cheaper
to buy the planes outright Instead, the Air Force is being ordered to
lease 100 planes at $20 million per plane per year. Converting each plane
to carry jet fuel will add about $30 million per plane. And like any leased
Lexus, the Pentagon must return the planes to Boeing in the configuration
and condition in which they were purchased - at another $30 million or
so per plane.
- "While the U.S. government will be spending more
than $25 billion on planes even the Air Force does not want, it is refusing
to spend more than a couple hundred million dollars a year on the Global
Fund for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The money wasted on those planes
could literally save millions of lives," these two watchdogs of corporate
crime point out.
- TANKER PILOTS SEEKING OTHER WORK
- Even with 100 new tankers at its command, the US Air
Force may still find it impossible to continue chemtrails missions, along
with its perpetual wartime responsibilities. According to the Congressional
readiness report, the percentage of Air Force pilots leaving the service
is up 322% in the past five years. At least two pilots are quitting the
Air Force every day - and they are not being replaced.
- Next year, the active duty Air Force, Air National Guard
and Air Force Reserve are projected to be short a total of 3,200 pilots.
- Many of tanker pilots are being joined in the exits by
crewmembers and fuel handlers concerned over recent Air Force findings
showing that constant exposure to jet fuel and fumes can cause extreme
health problems. Among more than 40 potentially carcinogenic compounds
found in the JP8 jet fuel used by the Air Force is Ethylene Dibromide.
Used in leaded gasoline until 1983, the potent pesticide known as EDB was
outlawed under a rare emergency order by the EPA.
- TOXIC VAPORS
- But in 1991, military and commercial jet fuel was changed
from JP4 to JP8, apparently to accommodate more efficient, hotter-burning
- According to the EPA's seven-page Ethylene Dibromide
Hazardous Materials List, EDB "is a carcinogen and must be handled
with extreme caution." EDB's DNA-binding molecules are also monstrous
mutagens that can scramble the cellular blueprints of as-yet unborn generations.
- In addition, EDB fumes can damage the liver, lungs, kidneys
and skin. Cancer, pulmonary edema and asthma may result, as well as damage
to pregnant crewmembers' developing fetus - and to the reproductive organs
and abilities of women and men.
- For the "it-can't-happen-to-me" crowd, the
EPA cautions that chronic JP8-sniffers remain at risk from even low levels
of EDB. "Exposure can irritate the lungs, repeated exposure may cause
bronchitis, development of cough, and shortness of breath," warn the
federal regulators. "It will damage the liver and kidneys."
- Proctor and Hugh's 1991 Chemical Hazards of the Workplace
Third Edition found that "accidental use" of JP8 resulted in:
general weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pains, coughing, shortness
of breath, cardiac insufficiency and uterine hemorrhaging.
- Following death, 44 hours later, autopsies found: "upper
respiratory tract irritation, swelling of the pulmonary lymph glands, advanced...
deterioration of the heart, liver and kidneys, and hemorrhages in the respiratory
- JP8 also depresses the central nervous system. Tanker
crews and fuel handlers could not have been reassured by an official Air
Force study on "The Effects of Chronic JP8 Jet Fuel Exposure on the
Lungs and Secondary Organs". Conducted by the University of Arizona
at Tucson in the late 1990s, the tests found "that exposure to only
7 days of JP8 jet fuel for one hour/day at a concentration of 500 mg per
cubic meter can produce lung injuries."
- Since EDB becomes more toxic at higher temperatures,
its dispersal from 1,200 degree jet exhausts spells exceptionally bad news
for all "downwinders".
- Jet fuel "rain" from what the Air Force terms
"routine" fuel jettisoning to lower landing weights - and unburned
fuel spewing from a constant stream of heavy aircraft straining to take
off from airports and airbases - add to the daily toxic exposure of residents
living close to busy airports and airbases.
- PANTHER PISS
- Another threat for urban dwellers is presented by Panther
Piss. This nickname identifies a fuel additive used by highly-classified
high-performance Mach 3 aircraft to eliminate contrails.
- "Think about it," emailed (an unverified) former
Air Force line man. "You have an airframe flying over foreign land,
they can't paint it with radar, they cant get an IR lock, but they look
up and see a nice white line streaking across the sky. I think you just
lost both stealth and your aircraft."
- While this source would not confirm the presence of EDB,
he stated that Panther Piss is "almost the same (chemically) as a
popular pest- exterminating chemical. We all know the effects of those
- As chemtrail spraying continues drying the air over the
drought-stricken USA, one big question remains for American taxpayers:
Isn't it time to start spending the $500,000 a minute currently being devoted
to destruction in their names by promotion-seeking military officers and
profiteering corporations like the Carlyle Group - on the survival of their
children, and a space colony called Earth?
- Stay tuned.
- And keep looking up. William Thomas www.lifeboatnews.com