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Vail man is suspicious of the sky

Ruth Moon
Vail, CO Colorado
Photo illustration by Steve LarsonDave Kraft became alarmed about chemtrails in November.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The white trails left in the sky by jets don’t even get a second look from most people.

To Vail resident Dave Kraft, however, they represent yet another government attempt to test a new weapon on its residents, and June 1 was the biggest attack the area has seen since November.

Kraft, 46, started paying attention to the trails, called contrails, last November.

Kraft said he was outside early in the morning when he saw two jets cross over his head, leaving strange-looking long white trails.

“That’s when a light went off in my head and I said, ‘That’s what people are talking about!'” he said.

Over the next three hours, Kraft said he saw over 30 jets fly over his house. The resulting contrails merged into a cloud cover that partially obscured the sun. The next day, Kraft said jet traffic returned to normal, and he only saw one plane.

A short, stocky man with dark hair and eyes, Kraft is quick to offer a handshake and greeting. Ask him about chemtrails and he will talk about the government’s use of jet contrails to test biochemical warfare agents on U.S. residents.

Chemtrails are long streaks of chemicals left by a plane. Contrails are the streaks of cloud left frequently by planes in regular operation.

Brian Toon, chair of the atmospheric and oceanic sciences department at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studies cloud physics and atmospheric chemistry, said contrails are, well, just clouds.

“It’s the same thing as clouds coming out of tailpipes in the winter,” Toon said. “There’s no more reason to be afraid of this than there is to open your freezer ” your freezer is full of ice, and if you’re afraid of that, then be afraid of contrails.”

Although contrails are not part of a government conspiracy,Toon said contrails can be dangerous to other planes.

“They look small from the ground, but they’re like little turbulent tornadoes coming out of the backs of the wings of the planes,” he said. “They’re large and very powerful and full of ice.”

Kraft, who came to the Vail Valley in the early 1980s, spent some time as a personal trainer and had a fitness column in the Vail Daily in the late 1990s and a television show on TV-17 for a few years starting in 2000. He makes a living with freelance photography and writing.

Later this month Kraft is traveling to Santa Fe, N.M. to visit fellow chemtrail theorist Clifford Carnicom, where he will research the Morgellons disease and make a video to draw attention to the aerosol operation.

The government’s use of chemtrails started in 1998, Kraft said, after scientist Edward Teller said global warming could be stopped by releasing particles of reflective material into the earth’s atmosphere.

Teller, known as the father of the hydrogen bomb, also made his proposal in a column in the Oct. 17, 1997 Wall Street Journal.

Kraft, who also believes the Sept. 11 attacks were part of an “inside job” by the U.S. government, said the white trails are used to test a new disease for biological warfare.

The disease, called Morgellons, gives victims the feeling that something is crawling under their skin and results in skin lesions sprouting “strange, polymer fibers,” Kraft said.

Kraft said the idea is often dismissed when he brings it up.

“A lot of people look at it and go, another conspiracy theory,” he said. “I would hope there would be more people who are like, wow, thanks for telling me.”

Kraft is not alone in his theorizing. The chemtrail theory has a Wikipedia site, and a google search for “chemtrails” reveals over 100 related sites.

Other theorists in online discussions suggest contrails are attempts to reduce global warming or ensure U.S. military dominance by affecting weather patterns in strategic locations.

According to an Air Force contrail fact sheet, chemtrails do not exist, and contrails are safe, natural and pose no health hazard.

Officials at the Pentagon did not return calls for comment.

Captain Heather Garrett at Peterson Air Force Base could only comment on the specific operations of the 302nd airlift wing but said the only chemicals their planes drop are used to assist the U.S. Forest Service in fire management.

Condensation trails, or contrails, form when the hot, humid air from a jet’s exhaust mixes with cold, humid atmospheric air to form a cloud, according to the National Weather Service Web site. The cloud can be short- or long-lived depending on the level of humidity. Depending on wind behavior, contrails can spread across the sky causing a larger cloud to form.

Planes may leave broken trails if the air they pass through changes in humidity, and the length of time the trail lasts is also related to the surrounding humidity, and “persistence of contrails is neither an indication that they contain some kind of chemical, nor that it is some kind of spray,” according to the Web site.


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