|Chemtrails: A Fortean View
A New Look at a
Mystery of the Skies
Chemtrails: What's Going On?
January 22 2005. By Colin Bennett
The so-called “chemtrails” that are seen almost everywhere in the
skies of the world are an incredible phenomenon of our time, if only
because like UFO sightings, the broad span of social, political, and
intellectual life of major nations largely ignores such things
utterly. Even those with imagination (artists, playwrights,
novelists, poets) ignore such anomalistic things as UFOs and
chemtrails, even though they offer images, symbols, metaphors,
intrigue, mysterious technology, and much more besides!
This changing of the skies of the world full previously of
traditional pantomime clouds to a sky scored by lines of
whitish-grey streaks is totally ignored by major news, media, and
communication outlets. This is strange again given that the effects
are quite spectacular and beautiful when lit by the evening sun. The
trails spread out at different rates, they come from different
angles, and the aircraft that create them can be seen streaking
across the sky, often several at once, and at extremely high speeds.
The word “chemtrails” is used here for lack of a better word, but it
is unlikely that what we see spreading out across the sky are
chemicals of some sort. Such an amount of chemicals would surely
have the most immediate and obvious effect on both our minds and
environment. We would be please to hear from environmental group who
have more specialized knowledge about any kind of
Over the past year, the Combat Diaries team have conducted a special
investigation of chemtrails over Britain. With the help of
specialists (some ex Royal Air Force), we conducted a 16 hour period
of observation by web, telephone, and amateur radio of the skies
over America and Central Europe, from first light to last light,
taking into account time differences. The results were quite
disturbing. It was obvious that simultaneous operation by large
numbers of quite visible aircraft were being mounted over
continental areas on both sides of the Atlantic. Through contacts,
we managed also to get reports on this selected same day from the
civilian staff of merchant and cruise ships crossing the Atlantic.
They reported that sky trails were visible in whilst sailing in mid
Thus we concluded that chemtrails represent a continuous operation
of incredible magnitude. The aircraft involved show remarkably
similar characteristic and performance, though their profile we have
yet to find in any book of aircraft recognition. Roughly, they
resemble in shape and size the Boeing 757 (the type that crashed
into the Pentagon on 9/11), but carried no markings. This is
remarkable in itself, because technically it is illegal. Measured by
range theodolite and ex-service hand-held rangefinders, they were
doing approximately the same speed at the same height. The speed was
steady, quite precisely maintained, being 1200 –1400 mph. This is
somewhat high for an outmoded passenger aircraft type, meant for
inland short/medium range commuter flights at a top speed of 450
These things are wonders in themselves, but it is the sheer number
of these pseudo 757-type aircraft that is beyond belief. On this
chosen sample day, our reporters in France, Germany and Holland,
Spain, Italy and Israel alone reported at noon the sky trails of no
less that 234 almost identical aircraft at between 40-50,00 feet
Since this hourly rate continued during the day it represented some
2340 sorties over ten hours. Worldwide, multiplying the quite
reasonable factor of 10, we have 23,400 sorties per day by planes of
a non-military non-supersonic configuration, travelling at speeds
equivalent to the combat speed of F16 or Typhoon Euro-fighter.
By comparison, NATO figures for annual full-scale exercises amount
to something like 300 (jet supersonic) combat sorties at full
stretch for the same time period, involving some no more than 150
aircraft. Again, the absence of reported noise is strange. Even a
single Tornado on afterburner over central London would shake the
population up considerably.
Since our observers at military and civilian airfields reported no
such activity by any such aircraft, we have here a modern mystery in
our skies visible to all on a clear day. National airspace
regulations don’t appear to be a problem at all with any country as
far as these infringements are concerned.
This vast number of aircraft appear to have no detectable bases,
they have no apparent air-refuelling needs, they do not carry drop
tanks, and the routes appear to stretch across the sky from all
compass points, often crossing one another on a pretty random basis.
They appear also to have no detectible manufacturers, support base,
or refuelling facilities. And they don’t appear to land or take off!
Again, since no air force in the world (not even the United States
Air Force) has any supersonic transport aircraft, the presence of
many hundreds of supersonic transport aircraft is rather strange!
The cost such of such visible operations on a worldwide basis by the
approximately the same type of powerful aircraft must be stupendous.
The maintenance, fuelling, and repair facilities of such a great
number of high-performance aircraft can only be imagined. The
training schemes and accommodation of the personnel appear not to
exist! Since no such numbers of this aircraft type are on
manufacturer’s lists, and the number that have been manufactured are
all busy on conventional routes flying conventional passengers and
cargo, we have here a true mystery of our time.
Where are they from, and what are they doing on their seemingly
purposeless routes across the sky?
Investigations are continuing. We are trying, by various means to
monitor their VHF, but they do not appear to have any measurable
frequency signature and neither do they appear to make any physical
noise. This again is amazing because the represent a very great
number of aircraft that are entering and leaving (an indeed
manoeuvring) inside national airspace at will, with no recognition
signals, and no visible identification. Since they are supersonic,
they are over the visible horizon in seconds (the comparatively lazy
motion of a 400-mph 747 Jumbo may be compared to them). Where these
many aircraft all break into Mach 1 is another mystery.
We have discovered something else that multiplies these
astonishments. Using (passive) night scope infrared amplifiers, we
found that the operations did not cease after nightfall!
This means that roughly speaking we can possibly multiply the scale
of operations by a factor of two, bringing us into absurd realms as
regards cost, maintenance, and purpose.
Our collective “not-seeing” is unusual if only because chemtrails
are much more visible and more frequent than UFO visitations. We are
forced to consider the idea that levels of conscious acceptance and
recognition within a culture have often nothing to do with how much
“evidence” is available. All anomalistic structures have this common
peculiarity. Somehow, like a bioelectric switch, as a society we
turn most anomalies “off” as far as social cognition is concerned.
This is a most common effect. The phenomenon may be large or small,
fantastic or mundane, it makes no difference. We cannot see the
kitchen matchbox in front of us, say, because we are have been
diverted into thinking about something else. We don’t have enough
RAM to hold all our files open at the same time!
From a Fortean point of view, the phenomenon of chemtrails might
enable us to construct a new and healthier definition of what we
mean by “skepticism.” We might see skepticism not a revealing of
mundane truth, so much as an automated control mechanism by means of
which maintain a kind of wonder-management rather than differentiate
fact from fiction. This was Charles Fort’s original view of the
function of skepticism. It puts “doubt” in a new dynamic context
rather than it being seen as a depressing semi-automated denial of
all that is wondrous and magical in the world.
Meantime, we are starting the long, hard road of corresponding with
the appropriate civil and military authorities about chemtrails.
We can hear both Franz Kafka and Charles Fort laughing from their
About the author:
Colin Bennett was born in Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest, within
arrow-shot of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s castle. He left school
after studying science and mathematics, became a professional
musician, then a mercenary soldier before winning a scholarship to
read English at Balliol College, University of Oxford.
After leaving Oxford, he had several plays performed on the
professional stage in London including the Royal Court Theatre
before retraining as an electronics engineer to cure what he calls
“a bad dose of left-liberal decadence.” After his reconstruction, he
then ran his own electronics consultancy and printing firm. He has
had two novels published, and now lives within a spear-throw of
Portobello Road, London, and hopes he has done with reconstructions.
He is frequently consulted on security, conspiracies, and computer
hacking. He now heads a team who spend all their time running the
Combat Diaries web site at
His third biography is due out in March 2005. This is An American
Demonology (Head Press) the story of Captain Edward Ruppelt, who
headed Project Blue Book in the early 1950s. This Project was the
official United States Air Force investigation into the UFO
phenomenon. Both the above books are available on Amazon.
Original article from Phenomena Magazine