Solved: Portsmouth UK, "Alien Flight Path" UFO Contrail [Private Jet + Perspective]

Mick West

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A supposedly unusual contrail turns out to just be a business jet making a slight course correction. This seems much more dramatic than it actually was, because of the forced perspective.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/514401/Second-Portsmouth-UFO-Sighting-Contrail-Alien-Flight-Path

Looks like a normal flight that was vectored (directed by air traffic control) away from its course for normal traffic avoidance

UK is on BST right now, so 7:20AM is 06:20 UTC. The photo was taken Monday Sept 22, 2014

UPDATE: Solved! See the following posts.
 
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Trailspotter

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I think that it was this private jet:
Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 19.55.49.png

The flight was from Guernsey (EGJB) to Copenhagen (EKCH) or Malmö (ESMS).

A quick photo fit of the above flight route on Google Earth:
Portsmouth contrail.jpg
 
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Pete Tar

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As far as the 'swerve' manoeuvre goes, how long would it take over that distance? Does it represent several seconds, or several minutes?
 

Mick West

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Very good, and the difference between the trail and the track can easily be accounted for by wind. I'd say this one is solved.
 

Trailblazer

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I just logged on to try and track this one down and see I have missed the boat (or the plane!)

It amazes me that nobody in a newspaper office anywhere thought to fire up FR24 to identify this.

I suppose having a "mystery" is more of a story than having facts. Depressing but true.
 
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Trailblazer

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It is a good illustration of how perspective can make a gentle turn look much sharper. Over in the "photos of planes and contrails" thread I posted another example a few weeks ago:

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That looks like quite a sharp dog-leg but was actually a rather gentle turn:



(Photo was taken from just off the top of that screenshot - you can see the edge of the blue location circle on the word "Fleet")
 

derrick06

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I just don't get how people have to assume that just because its a turning contrails its "UFO Sourced." It cant just be a contrail from an aircraft? Jeez.... When I was on an aircraft carrier watching a flight demonstration of jets I watched their contrails practically make figure 8's! Its not unusual for them to turn with the craft. Good article!
 

Trailblazer

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Another example I took earlier today showing how a very minor turn can appear like a sharp curve from the right perspective:

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It's a bit hidden in the clouds but this "sharp turn" was produced by this plane: the gentle course correction just before crossing the south coast.

image.jpg
 

Mick West

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Another example I took earlier today showing how a very minor turn can appear like a sharp curve from the right perspective:

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It's a bit hidden in the clouds but this "sharp turn" was produced by this plane: the gentle course correction just before crossing the south coast.

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Printed it out, put it on the ground:


Viewed from an angle a long distance away:


Looks like a "right angle" turn:
 
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