The mystery object spotted in the California sky last week and dubbed the “California mystery missile” by the media has been explained by everyone with access to a keyboard, cell phone, video camera, and/or microphone. It took some time for the Pentagon to give an explanation, but, according to the Huffington Post, they finally stated that they were satisfied with the airplane contrail explanation. But even though there was official acceptance by the Pentagon — and corroborated by NASA — of the consensus scientific opinion, there were far more than just the “missile” and “airplane contrail” explanations put forward.
It all began when a billowy trail appeared in the sky off the southern California coast west of Los Angeles during evening rush hour on November 8. Backlit by a setting sun, the smoky plume caused a media sensation once KCBS in Los Angeles, whose traffic helicopter’s camera captured the image, ran the news story and the video went viral on YouTube. Speculation as to what had caused the lengthening trail really blasted off when former deputy secretary of defense Robert Ellsworth suggested in an interview that it was a “spectacular” missile, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile fired from a submarine.
But military and government officials refused to acknowledge that it was theirs. The Navy said they didn’t have ships or planes in the area. Vandenberg Air Force Base said they had done no testing, nor did they have aircraft in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said they had nothing on their radars. The Pentagon said they knew nothing about it but believed it to be non-threatening, based primarily on the NORAD statement that there had been no missile fired from an extra-national source.
Scientists and experts were quick to point out that the image was merely an airplane contrail seen on an unusually clear day in Los Angeles. An airplane flying toward Los Angeles, it was explained, had left a contrail stretching hundreds of miles, the clarity of the evening sky helping to provide an optical illusion that the a “missile” or some unidentifiable flying object had been launched up into the sky from the ocean.
New York Magazine published a piece offering up several explanations for the mystery missile, from failed government missile tests that the government was too embarrassed to acknowledge to Chinese hackers electronically taking over an ICBM to a suddenly self-aware missile that signals the beginning of the rise of the machines. The magazine’s tongue-in-cheek offerings were far more tame than an explanation offered by guest speaker Colleen Thomas on Russia Today.
Thomas was introduced as a home health administrator turned physicist and a self-professed mother of a race of good Earth aliens called Pleidians who are on the planet to save us from ourselves. She explained that the missile had been launched by the Obama administration with the intent of attacking Iran. Colleen Thomas also noted that her associate Pleidians shot the missile down before it could do any damage. She noted that Obama and his kind were “reptilians” in league with the Illuminati and the Bilderberg group and only wanted to subjugate people. A little later in the interview, Colleen Thomas noted that an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) missile had been fired by China at an American warship and she and her alien compatriots has spent the previous day rescuing sailors from an electronically dead ship.
Colleen Thomas’ beliefs and theories can be found in abundance on YouTube and at her own website, WildColleen.com.
Thomas’ fears of the draconian control of the reptilians thwarting her Pleidian peace overtures notwithstanding, possibly the best explanation was reported by Fox News two days after the mystery missile went aloft. According to Liem Bahneman, posting on his blog “Time To Think,” American West Flight 808 was the most likely cause of the image that had enthralled millions and even prompted Jon Stewart to poke a little fun at the media overreaction. Bahneman did a little extrapolatory work and matched up airline flight paths with the time of day. Although he found two possible flights that could have caused the contrail, he pulled up the image of the same flight on a webcam and found the image was nearly identical.
Mystery solved? For most, the answer would be in the affirmative. For others, the California missile mystery remains in an inconclusive state or part of a greater conspiracy. Regardless, the event certainly fired the imaginations of millions and provided entertainment for days.
“Missile Over California: Pentagon, NASA Experts Say Mystery Plume Was Plane,” HuffingtonPost.com
“Eight Explanations For The Mystery California Missile Launch,” NYMag.com
“Aliens Shot Down California Missile,” Russia Today via YouTube.com
“Blogger Believes Webcam Image Solves ‘Missile Mystery,'” FoxNews.com