- Dear Jeff,
- I have been in the Air Force about 16
years and wanted to inform your listeners and clear up some of the controversy
about the contrails as described by William Thomas on your Jan 15th show.
- Addressing the "goo" that seems
to be falling from the sky. It is possible that when a tanker disengages
from a refueling, some fuel might spray off during the disconnection.
The fuel most commonly used is called JP8. I am not a fuel specialist,
but it is possible that this fuel could "gel" at the frozen temperatures
of high altitude. When it warms up again it could un-gel and evaporate,
which could explain some of the things William describes. Even this is
extremely unlikely because the fuel would atomize to an invisible mist
at the speeds the planes travel.
- Now, there is an article in the January
18th issue of the Air Force Times which talks about the possible hazards
of touching JP8 and making you sick. There is ongoing research to find
out exactly what the hazards are, but fuel handlers are now required to
wear protective gear when refueling. This could account for the virus-like
symptoms of the people who touch it. I have no guesses about the so called
"angel hair" that was discussed. We had some of that stuff fall
all over our yard and we picked it up and touched it, and none of us got
- One of your callers from Arkansas mentioned
that Little Rock AFB might be a culprit in spreading some of this material
around to which William Thomas said he believed there is a large tanker
(KC-135) unit there. This is false. There have not been any tankers here
for at least the 12 years I've been here. In addition to that, we only
have C-130's, none of which even have aerial refueling capabilities. Another
caller from Colorado was upset that a C-130 circled near his home for hours
and that there was something fishy about that. This is not a secret, and
completely normal for C-130's.
- There are several roles that C-130's
play which could account for this. Sometimes aircraft fly in holding patterns
outside the contested war area where they are safer and remain there until
needed. Rescue planes are an example of this. Sometimes C-130's play
the role of a communications link and act like a temporary repeater during
operations. They would fly this pattern outside the combat area also.
Some C-130's are gunships and fly this circular pattern to train their
guns on a fixed target like an upside down cone. There are no chemical
spraying operations implied here.
- I cannot imagine why there would be cloud
seeding operations in a state that all ready gets 40" of rain a year.
My guess is that is not what is going on.
- I know out government has been caught
doing some questionable things in the past, which sparks everyone to question
absolutely everything we do. I do not believe for a minute our government
is spraying the entire population with evil goo and sinister intentions.