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Weird contrails above Anchorage

Old Dec 20, 16, 4:55 pm
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Weird contrails above Anchorage



Many times when I look up over the Chugach range, I can see Tpac flights heading from Asia to the Lower 48. Did this plane decide to turn around? Is it even from a commercial flight? I'm a little perplexed. Edit: I took this photo around 2:15pm today.
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Old Dec 20, 16, 6:22 pm
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Chemtrails. Definitely chemtrails.
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Old Dec 20, 16, 10:44 pm
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probably an en route hold for separation, or for the crew to try to resolve a caution/warning indicator before continuing
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Old Dec 20, 16, 11:18 pm
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Military?
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Old Dec 21, 16, 7:42 am
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Maybe the Bogoslov volcano eruption out on the chain? Waiting to see which way the ash cloud is blowing?
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Old Dec 21, 16, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Gardyloo View Post
Maybe the Bogoslov volcano eruption out on the chain? Waiting to see which way the ash cloud is blowing?
Sounds like a reasonable explanation.

Heard @ it on the news, thankfully it sounded like it was a short eruption this time.
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Old Dec 21, 16, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
Sounds like a reasonable explanation.

Heard @ it on the news, thankfully it sounded like it was a short eruption this time.
I thought so too until I talked to someone else who mentioned they saw the jet make the turns. The person said it looked to be a commercial or cargo plane, not military.
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Old Dec 21, 16, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by AKLifetimeFlyer View Post
I thought so too until I talked to someone else who mentioned they saw the jet make the turns. The person said it looked to be a commercial or cargo plane, not military.
If a plane was waiting to see which way the ash plume was headed, they'd probably do a typical holding pattern above ANC until they were certain they'd be able to continue on course without a reroute that would require more fuel. If the detour was too long, they'd have to land at ANC to gas up. Suitable diversion airports (e.g. CDB) are not thick on the ground after ANC if you're heading to Asia.
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