A CBS News helicopter has captured footage of what appears to be a mystery missile launched about 35 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, CA. The most shocking part, aside from the fact that the missile came from what appears to be the ocean, is that no one knows (or will publicly admit) who launched it.
The mystery missile, which was spotted around 5 pm Monday night, left the U.S. and the Pentagon with many unanswered questions. When questioned, neither the U.S. Navy, Air Force, nor the Department of Defense owned up to the mystery missile coming from any of their bases.
Robert Ellsworth, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, thinks this mystery missile may have been launched by an underwater submarine as a secret firing test, but says this is just a theory and that the truth about the missile still remains a mystery.
(Via CBS News)
The mystery missile that caused a lot of confusion and quickly became one of the most discussed topics in the U.S. was finally identified. It wasn’t launched by some foreign power or the result of someone “pressing a wrong button”. Instead, it was just a jet contrail recorded from an interesting angle.
“The aircraft is flying towards the observer; the air over the Pacific is clear, so the contrail is visible all the way to the horizon. This creates the optical illusion of a rocket flying up, rather than the actual situation of an airplane flying horizontally,” says GlobalSecurity.org director John Pike.
“The short explanation is that we don’t see a lot of jet contrails head-on, especially from the vantage point of a helicopter. So, it looks like a missile to everyone else. But it probably isn’t. That would explain why no one else in L.A. saw a missile launch other than the helicopter crew — or, rather, why everyone else from every other angle saw a typical jet contrail — and why [America’s missile-warning system] didn’t light up like a Christmas Tree.” ” writes Danger Room alum (and New America Foundation analyst) Jeffrey Lewis.
(Via Danger Room)