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Santa Fe, NM May 1999

Provided for Control Purposes

This contrail sequence of four photos was taken over a 45 second interval.

Notice the gradual formation of the contrail, and the dissipation of the trail within approximately a 45 second interval. The camera was held stationary on the contrail after the plane passed. Notice none of the trails are coming directly from the tail of the airplane.

normal contrails picture 1 normal contrails picture 2
normal contrails picture 3 normal contrails picture 4

Here is another normal contrail, notice the gradual formation as it cools from the engine, as opposed to forming discretely at the tail surface:

normal contrails picture 5