Mysterious skywriting

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The other day I was walking home from an errand and noticed two planes leaving white trails in the sky … except one was going at a nearly-perfect 90 degree angle through the other one. It’s easy enough to say “what’s the big, who cares?” but on the flip side, I’m still curious why someone would hire two skywriters and put up the money to have them fly and create this cross pattern in the sky? (scroll down below the picture for more)

skywriting cross in the sky

Of course, it could just be a coincidence – the white trails are technically called “contrails,” and are actually just trails of condensation that form when hot and humid airplane exhaust hits cooler upper atmospheric temperatures. But one could counter this by saying there are certainly other planes flying across the NYC metropolitan area at any given time and these are the only two that have visible contrails. Conspiracy theorists might say that the contrails are chemicals (compliments of the government) used to make us sick. Prince was even quoted once as saying “When I was a kid, I used to see these trails in the sky all the time. So that’s cool, a jet just went over. And then you started to see a whole bunch of them, and next thing you know everybody in your neighborhood was fighting and arguing and you didn’t know why.”

It seems this myth has been debunked numerous times, so I’m not trying to feed any hysteria, but seeing this unexpected and precise intersection in the sky certainly does cause my curiosity to kick in. And just for the record, after seeing these contrails, I did not fight or argue with anyone …

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