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UFO responsible for strange contrails?

Image credit: Jon Corken/Grimsby Telegraph

Strange arching contrails appeared in the sky above North East Lincolnshire, a county in eastern England, on the morning of Thursday, March 14. And some assert these were created by UFOs.

The Grimsby Telegraph reported these contrails, complete with photo and video, on March 14. The Grimsby Telegraph posted a followup article on March 15 claiming that the paper’s newsroom “was flooded with calls about the unusual display.”

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft. (Credit: USAF)

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft. (Credit: USAF)

Circular contrails are not unheard of, especially in the Lincolnshire area of England. The military base RAF Waddington is located approximately forty miles southwest of where these contrails were spotted. And according to the RAF (Royal Air Force) website, it is from that base that the RAF operates “seven E-3D Sentry aircraft in the airborne surveillance and command-and-control role.” These planes routinely circle the skies conducting surveillance, and, therefore, they occasionally leave interesting circular contrails behind.

The U.S. Air Force (U.S.A.F.) also operates E-3 Sentry aircraft in the area.

But according to the Grimsby Telegraph, both the RAF and U.S.A.F. say the contrails were not caused by their planes.

The Grimsby Telegraph‘s picture editor Jon Corken recorded video of the contrails. He also posted the following message to his Twitter account:

It would not be surprising if the military didn’t want to disclose information related to surveillance activities. So it is certainly possible that there were military surveillance aircraft in the sky that day, despite the denial by U.S.A.F. and RAF. But with the military denying involvement, and with the brief, yet confident, witness testimony of seeing UFOs, some wonder if UFOs, terrestrial or otherwise, were, in fact, responsible for the circular contrails.

What do you think? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below, or on the Open Minds Facebook page.

About Jason McClellan

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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