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an artificial cloud created by an aircraft

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Now animators have the technology to create impressive effects such as photoreal 3D clouds, volcanic ash, rocket contrails, thick smoke, and other natural phenomena.
This passage in Flight to Arras may be the earliest first-hand account of combat-related contrails to be published.
Finally, there are the long, thin, clouds spawned by aircraft engine exhausts--the common contrails that crisscross the skies over much of the world today.
We weren't expecting any issues at this altitude, but had actually been nicking the bottom of the contrails layer.
With 10,000 large commercial aircraft flying today and the number expected to double by the year 2020, contrails (short for "condensation trails") pose a growing environmental threat.
Now in its third year, the Contrails section captures unique experiences ranging from combat missions to crop-dusting.
While New Scientist has published articles on aircraft contrails, it was unaware of these NASA meetings.
PhD, for his two-part series, "Wakes of War: Contrails and the Rise of Air Power, 1918-1945," in Air Power History, Summer and Fall 2007 issues.
We stare at the replays on television, the white contrails against the blue Texas sky, and think: this can't be happening.
Because the Federal Aviation Authority requires military tankers and transporters [sic] to cross continental airspace at altitudes below 30,000 feet, ensuring safe separation from airliners flying, between 35,000 and 39,000 feet, these military flights should leave no contrails at all.
Some researchers have observed an increase in cirrus clouds associated with aircraft contrails, although they have had difficulty estimating the effect of jets on general cloudiness, says Patrick Minnis of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
A morning briefing will focus on the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flight experiment in Palmdale, followed by a tour of the NASA Armstrong at Edwards in the afternoon.
Jets flying at high altitudes often leave behind vapor trails, known as contrails.
Such star streams stick out from the rest of the stars in the sky as they are dense and coherent, much like contrails from airplanes easily stick out from regular clouds.
There were no wings, no audible sound, no propellers, no finnedempennage, no smoke, no contrails.