Unusual Contrail Off Norway

cloudspotter

Senior Member.
A screenshot of this trail off the West coast of Norway was posted on the Chemtrails Global Skywatch Page.

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Link http://go.nasa.gov/2c6Sphl

From the shape it appears to come from over the mainland, perform three loops and then head north before disappearing west over the Atlantic towards Iceland.

I've been unable to spot it on the Flightradar24 with no luck and I've tried on Planefinder but that loses track of aircraft not far off the coast.

One think that strikes me is that despite seeing many flights at contrail altitude in the area on the replay I can only spot one other trail on the satellite view
 
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Mick West

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The three satellites show more loops, and the evolution of the more southern loops.

I think this is very likely military, AWACs or similar.

Terra:
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Aqua:
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Suomi NPP
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Trailspotter

Senior Member.
It looks like AWACS circles stretched by the map distortion. They go anticlockwise, opposite to the normal holding pattern.

Also, I recall analysing similar contrails in the same general area five years ago and identifying them as from an AWACS.

EDIT

Here are crops from the 'original' untransformed swaths where the orbits are compressed laterally:
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Trailspotter

Senior Member.
I have added a cropped Worldview image to Google Earth, manually correcting its aspect ratio. The measuring tool gives the diameter of the resulting circles being about 50 km. This is a bit wider than my previous measurements of known AWACS circles (~40 km in diameter), but probably within the margin of error of my method:
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Trailblazer

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I should have added that it was immediately blamed for the death of 300 reindeer

http://www.wired.com/2016/08/lightning-can-kill-300-reindeer-one-strike/

An interesting claim, considering the reindeer died on Friday August 26, and the contrails were on Monday August 29.
 

TEEJ

Senior Member.
Ørland in Norway is a Forward Operating Location for the NATO E-3 AWACS fleet.

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http://www.e3a.nato.int/eng/html/organizations/fob.htm
 

Jan-61

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About 7 years ago, these circles were more often to see above the southern half of Holland. With binoculars I was able see the dish mounted on top of the AWACS-DC-8 from my apartment. Probably they came from the AirForce base Geilenkirchen or Eindhoven. It took approx 13 minutes to make one circle.


Jan.
 

Trailspotter

Senior Member.
With binoculars I was able see the dish mounted on top of the AWACS-DC-8 from my apartment.
I think it was Boeing E-3 Sentry, developed from 707. It was selected ahead of McDonnell Douglas's DC-8-based proposal in July 1970.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_E-3_Sentry

There is an AWACS area in North Norfolk, UK, some 20 miles to the north from my place to the nearest side of the orbit. It is used by both RAF and NATO planes. I saw a few times a E-3 circling there, indeed it takes about 12 minutes to complete one circle. For example, the following two images were taken 12 minutes 29 seconds apart:
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