Vertical (Or Rather, Foreshortened) Contrail

Vertical Contrail above a palm tree

Remember about a year ago when people were all freaked out about a supposed missile launch off the coast of Los Angeles, even though there was no sign of it on radar and no one claimed responsibility? Remember how it turned out to just be an airplane contrail seen head-on so that it looked vertical? (Actually, I’d bet you probably didn’t hear that part, did you?)

I was reminded of that when I saw this one today. Off the coast of Los Angeles again…pretty close to the airport.

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