Aircraft contrails – or condensation trails – are artificial clouds that are the visible trails of condensed water vapour made by the exhaust of aircraft engines. As the hot exhaust gases cool in the surrounding air they create a cloud of microscopic water droplets or, if the air is cold enough, tiny ice crystals.

Now you can’t say this blog ain’t educational..!

They also make for interesting pictures…..maybe?

Click the first picture to see larger then click anywhere on the picture to view the next, as always, comments and thoughts welcomed.


Published by ian forsyth photography

Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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