SEATTLE, Washington, January 8, 1999 (ENS) - Contrails spread by fleets of jet
aircraft in elaborate cross-hatched patterns are sparking speculation and
making people sick across the United States.
Washington state resident William Wallace became ill with severe diarrhea and
fatigue after watching several multi-engine jets spend New Year's day laying
cloud lines in an east to west grid pattern. A neighbor working outside came
down with similar symptoms. But their wives, who remained indoors, suffered no
ill effects from the inexplicable maneuvers which observers liken to
high-altitude "crop-dusting" by unidentifed multi-engine aircraft.
Condensation trails, called contrails, are generated at altitudes high enough
for water droplets to freeze in a matter of seconds and not quickly evaporate
- typically where the temperatures are below -38 degrees Celcius.
Contrails can form through the addition of water vapor to the air from the jet
engine exhaust. Even tiny nuclei released in the exhaust fumes may be
sufficient to generate ice crystals, and hence, condensation trails.
Wallace wonders if ethylene dibromide, a highly toxic component of JP-8 jet
fuel, is making people sick. Similar incidents over Las Vegas last year
prompted a US Air Force spokesman to explain that the military aircraft were
"dumping fuel" before landing.
But the strange spray patterns are being reported repeatedly over towns in
Tennessee, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Idaho, Mississippi,
Montana, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington state and California.
Wallace has been watching formations of high-flying jets weave grid-like
contrails above his home since last summer. Each time, "We get a taste in our
mouth," he reports. He and his wife Ann get "kind of tired and sick," having
"no energy to do anything."
After plants began dying around his mountain cabin, "I got real sick for about
three weeks," Wallace relates. "My eyes watered. Fluid came out of my nose. I
could hardly move my arm up above my head to comb my hair for about a week."
Wallace and his wife are not alone in their plight. In March, 1996, Dr. Greg
Hanford bought an expensive camera and binoculars to keep an eye on jets
spraying white bands above his Bakersfield, California home. Hanford has
counted 40 or 60 jets on some "spray days."
"Everybody seems to be getting sick from it," Hanford told ENS. "Hackin' and
coughin' when you really get nailed with this stuff." The dentist, many of his
patients and two receptionists have repeatedly contracted severe respiratory
infections. Hanford's illness lingered for five months despite courses of four
"It's really weird," Hanford says. "You think two jets are going to hit each
other - and then they make an X." The dentist says he has sometimes seen
"furry globular balls" spread downwind in a long feather from the high-flying
Unlike normal contrails, which dissipate soon after a lone jet's passage,
video taken by Wallace and Hanford show eerily silent silver jets streaming
fat contrails from their wingtips in multiple, criss-cross patterns. But
instead of dissipating like normal contrails, these white jet-trails coalesce
into broad cloud-bands that gradually occlude crystal clear skies.
"Passenger jets don't make contrails that stay and become clouds," Wallace
Government officials deny that anything unusual is taking place. When Hanford
called the local airport, tower personnel told him there was nothing going
on." The jets were "just commercial" undergoing "international flight
training." But a skeptical Hanford responded, "Is the FAA going to allow two
jets to come at each other?"
Pseudo-color, multispectral images taken April 20, 1994 by a NOAA satellite,
reveal a number of contrails over Oklahoma and Kansas. X'es, overlapping W's
and the Roman numeral XII are among the patterns flown by the mystery
aircraft. Last June, Hanford watched four aircraft spraying in circles to form
a perfect bulls-eye. Through his Swaroski binoculars, Hanford could see what
"looked like a 737" painted all-white on top with an "orangish-red" underbody
and red engine cowlings. Another 727-like aircraft was painted "all-white with
a black stripe up the middle of fuselage." None of the planes carried
Pat Edgar has been watching the jets spraying over eastern Oklahoma since a
sunny day in October, 1997 when as many as 30 contrails gradually occluded the
sky. "They look like they're playing tic-tac-toe up there," he says. "You know
darn well it's not passenger planes."
Edgar says he has watched "cobwebbing stuff coming down" from the zigzagging
jets flying "all day long, line after line, back-and-forth, like furrows in a
Edgar adds that "There is a lot of Lupus in the area now. A lot of women have
come down with it."
Edgar's father-in-law, a former judge, and three or four other close friends
were hit hard in their immune systems. Symptoms include swollen hands and
legs, night fever and shortness of breath.
Retired Oklahoma state judge Bill Ed Rogers now runs out of breath after
walking 20 feet to the bathroom. Climbing stairs, he says, "is directly out of
Rogers, does not attribute his strange malady to the mystery jets. But neither
he nor his doctors can explain his breathing difficulty, which began shortly
after spraying began in November, 1997, and is getting worse. The 57 year old
former judge says he thought he was experiencing congenital heart failure when
he was admitted into the Mayo clinic last January. But after being diagnosed
with severe inflamation in his right lung, a team of top surgeons were unable
to pump an unidentified "jello-like" fluid from his lung.
Edgar, Wallace, Hanford and other eye-witnesses are uneasy over the ongoing
aerial "experiments and the secrecy surrounding them. "They're gettin' ready,
practicing," Edgar believes, for some kind of mass population cull.
Before Edgar sold his restaurant, customers came in complaining of airplanes
"flyin' around all night" over a remote area of Oklahoma. In the morning, they
could see "stuff comin' out of their wings." Edgar says he knows four-dozen
witnesses who have "come down violently ill, coughin' up blood for two weeks -
or [with] real bad nosebleeds." As far as he's concerned, "it had to be
something in that doggone plane that was spillin' out in the middle of the
Edgar joins witnesses across the U.S. who worry that whoever is behind the
mystery spraying just has to "come up with something a little stronger later
on. It's just a guess," he says. "But it sure seems weird. They have a
mission. They go back and forth all day. Hey man I'm talkin' hundreds of
contrails in a day! It's unbelievable."
U.S. Air Force aerial tankers may be causing and seeding clouds to modify the
weather. The condensation trails and chemicals spread by these aircraft could
be what is making some people sick in Tennessee, Connecticut, New Hampshire,
New York, Nevada, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Washington state and
Tommy Farmer, a former engineering technician with Raytheon Missile Systems,
has been tracking patterns of jet contrails phenomena for more than a year.
Farmer has "positively identified" two of the aircraft most often involved in
the aerial spraying incidents as a Boeing KC-135 and Boeing KC-10. Both big
jets are used by the US Air Force for air to air refueling. A Boeing T-43 used
for navigation training and mapping may also be involved.
Confirming reports from eye-witnesses across the United States, Farmer reports
that all aircraft are painted either solid white or solid black with the
exception of two KC-135s which were in training colors - orange and white. No
identifying markings are visible.
Farmer has collected samples of what he calls "angel hair" sprayed by the
mystery aircraft on six occasions since February, 1998. Four samples have been
taken since November, 1998.
Farmer says that globular filaments resembling ordinary spider webs, "usually
fall in clumps or wads ranging from pencil eraser size to the size of a balled
Winds often whip the cobweb-like material into filaments as long as 50 feet
(15.3 metres). Farmer told ENS that the sticky substance "melts in your hands"
and "adheres to whatever it touches." Farmer urges caution to collectors
after becoming ill after his first contact with the "angel hair." Like
Bakersfield, California dentist Dr. Greg Hanford and other ground observers
exposed to the spraying, Farmer's ensuing sore throat and sinus infection
lasted several months.
After repeatedly observing aircraft spraying particulates "in front of and
into cloud systems," Farmer is "fairly certain the contrail phenomena is one
part of a military weather modification weapons system."
He notes that because the chemical contrails allow much more moisture to form
inside cloud systems, severe localized storms result from the aerial seeding
while surrounding areas that have surrendered their moisture to the storm
cells experience drought.
The huge Xs being traced by formations of tanker jets in the sky can be
tracked by satellite and coordinated with the crossed-beams of ionospheric
heaters to heat the upper atmosphere - changing its temperature and density
and enhancing the storm's effects.
Based in Gakon, Alaska, this unclassified joint U.S. Air Force and Navy
project known as the High Altitude Auroral Research Project (HAARP) has for
the past several years been using phased array antennas to steer powerful
beams of tightly-focused radio waves "to stimulate," heat and steer sections
of the upper atmosphere.
Awarded in 1985 to MIT physicist Bernard Eastlund, HAARP's commercial patent
claims that directed energy beams of more than one-billion watts can be used
for "altering the upper atmosphere wind patterns using plumes of atmospheric
particles as a lens or focusing device" to disturb weather thousands of miles
In an interview with this reporter, Eastlund admitted, "I had looked at using
this intense beam, which can be angled, to do some experiments in terms of
guiding the jetstream, moving it from one spot to another. I presume it is
possible, which might lend credence to these other things."
In a U.S. Air Force research study, "Weather as a Force Multiplier" issued in
August, 1996, seven U.S. military officers outlined how HAARP and aerial
cloud-seeding from tankers could allow U.S. aerospace forces to "own the
weather" by the year 2025. Among the desired objectives were "Storm
Enhancement," "Storm Modification" and "Induce Drought."
According to the Air Force report, "In the United States, weather-modification
will likely become a part of national security policy with both domestic and
Within 30 years, the Air Force foresees using Weather Force Support Elements
with "the necessary sensor and communication capabilities to observe, detect,
and act on weather-modification requirements to support U.S. military
objectives" by using "using airborne cloud generation and seeding" techniques
being developed today, the 1996 Air Force report says.
But on its HAARP website, the U.S. Navy says, "The HAARP facility will not
affect the weather. Transmitted energy in the frequency ranges that will be
used by HAARP is subject to negligible absorption in either the troposphere or
the stratosphere - the two levels of the atmosphere that produce the earth's
weather. Electromagnetic interactions only occur in the near-vacuum of the
rarefied region above about 70 km known as the ionosphere."
Still, according to the Air Force's 1996 report, other routine
weather-modification missions will deploy "cirrus shields" formed by the
chemical contrails of high-flying aircraft "to deny enemy visual and infrared
When it is completed, the HAARP antenna array will consist of 180 antennas on
a total land area of about 33 acres. The final facility will have a total
transmitter power of about 3,600 kilowatts.
When the HAARP facility is completed, the transmitter will be able to produce
approximately 3.6 million watts of radio frequency power, the HAARP website
states. The Air Force says HAARP transmitters have been designed to operate
"very linearly so that they will not produce radio interference to other users
of the radio spectrum."
Farmer guesses that besides its obvious tactical military applications,
aerial-seeding of contrail-clouds aligned in HAARP's characteristic
grid-patterns could be part of a secret U.S. government initiative to address
the global weather crisis brought about by atmospheric warming.
The aircraft spraying that has sickened Americans across the country may not
be confined to the United States. On August 11, 1998, "USA Today" reported
dozens of residents of Quirindi, Australia "swearing they saw cobwebs fall
from the sky" after unidentified aircraft passed overhead.
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