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Cameraman who filmed “mystery missile” describes spectacular sight


The KCBS helicopter cameraman who captured the footage of the "mystery missile" launch offered more details about the dramatic video he shot Monday evening.

Pentagon officials said they continue to look into what they have called an "unexplained contrail." Each branch of the military has denied involvement.

Cameraman Gil Leyvas shot video of a luminous point hurtling through the sky followed by a long vapor trail. He said he was aboard the television station's helicopter shooting footage of the sunset over the ocean about 5:15 p.m when he noticed the spiral-shaped vapor trail and zoomed in to get a better look.

The onboard camera showed a plume twisting up from the horizon and narrowing as it climbed into the sky near Catalina Island, about 35 miles west of Los Angeles, he said.

"Whatever it was, it was spinning up into the sky kind of like a spiral," and was easy to distinguish from condensation trails from jets, he said. "It was quite a sight to see. It was spectacular."

-- Tony Barboza

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Hard to keep a secret these days. :-)

If it was a missile..I wonder where it landed????

It most certainly must have been tracked by NORAD..

Obviously China has launched a "test" from a sub, in one of its characteristically provocative acts -- and obviously as a warning to the US.

seems clear that this was not an airplane.

What is most interesting about this is a government with missles, radar, defense, air traffic control and they don't know what it is? If it was the trail from a jet or plane...what plane? Air traffic control should be able to answer this question easily in a post September 11th world. Shouldn't they? If not, we're screwed!

Its not a bewitching sight. Its You. Something is clearly wrong with your vision and it is simply an awfully long fast moving cloud that is narrow, kinda like a string from a tea bag! The Repubs are coming! Beware! How scary!

Iranian submarine demonstrating their ability to get close to shore undetected.

No need to alarm it's just some bugs in the militarys new cyber command (USCYBERCOM). Hey it was only one missile :-)

Yes this the plume from a intercontinental rocket engine, I have seen several launches and this is the trace it leaves in the atmosphere. A smaller rocket engine like the Orion or Castor gives not this huge amount of smoke in the plume.

// Rocketman

It is what it is! I've been in DOD Service for over 28yrs and now in Private Consulting. As stated below. This is definitely an ICBM Package that was probably launched from an Ohio Class Nuclear Submarine (Boomer) that was off the coast but too close for civilian observation. Navy Department and DOD made a BIG Mistake on this one. Now, what is the Obama Admin going to admit to the public or are they going to remain silent on this one. Oh by the way, NORAD did track this one and so did Soviet Radar. Now lets see what the Navy Dept and DOD say next.

The text overlay at the beginning of the video is seriously stupid. They claim that they are not reporting a missile even though the reporters said it over and over as a matter of fact. If they want to retract what the reporters clearly claimed then they should just do that. And a "Chemtrail"???? That's a conspiracy notion, not a real thing. Why not say it was Santa making an early run to Fry's.

Really people, put up a picture of a contrail from a plane then side by side put up our contrail and compare it to a missile launch. They would be able to tell you exactly which plane made that trail if it was so but it is not. Since 9/11 there is no way we do not know which plane is on which route and at what time. We as civilians cannot however know the location of our military subs, it was probably a mistake on their part but they cannot let us know as that would be disclosing the location of the submarine.

They found the missile launch keys Bill Clinton lost, and Hillary wanted to see if they still worked.


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