Interesting to note the sober tone when the media, and the Pentagon, are confronted with a genuine UFO mystery. From the Guardian:
The US defence department today said it was trying to determine whether a missile was launched yesterday off the coast of southern California, and who may have launched it.
Spokesmen for the navy, air force, defence department and North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) said they were looking into a video posted on the CBS News website. The video appears to show a rocket or some other object shooting up into the sky and leaving a large contrail over the Pacific Ocean.
Colonel Dave Lapan, speaking for the Pentagon, said: “Nobody within the department of defence that we have reached out to has been able to explain what this contrail is, where it came from. So far, we’ve come up empty with any explanation.”
“Right now, all indications are that there was not (department of defence) involvement in this,” Lapan said, adding that an object could have been launched by a private company…
“At this point, until we know more information about what it may have been, there is not alarm,” Lapan said. “But that could change, depending on what we find out.”
Over at Defensetech, there have been mutterings of a warning notice sent to pilots, advising them not to fly in the area, though if it is a missile launch then why is nobody owning up?
KZLA LOS ANGELES A2832/10 – THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE REQUIRED DUE TO NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION ACTIVATION OF W537. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, ALL NON-PARTICIPATING PILOTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID W537…
Others are suggesting that it’s a standard aircraft contrail seen at an unfamiliar angle – this would explain why nobody is claiming the missile as their own.
Update: It seems that the Pentagon is settling for the contrail explanation. The Guardian again:
The conclusion was independently supported by Al Bowers, of Nasa’s Dryden Flight Research Center in the Mojave desert, and Patrick Minnis, of the space agency’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.
“A missile would look like that,” said Bowers, whose 27-year career has included stints as chief or lead engineer on such programs as the SR-71 spyplanes turned over to Nasa by the air force.
“It could potentially have a contrail that shape,” he said. “The motion looks a little suspect to me, and my conclusion would be that it’s most probably an aircraft.”