Why Don't All Planes Leave Smoke Trails?

Ever wonder why some planes leave trails of smoke and others don't? Is it just that certain commercial jetliners are trying out some geometric skywriting while others can't be bothered? Actually, the answer is much more complicated.

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  • Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Fred 'Curly' Morrison - Columbus Dispatch
    ... were on the planes and going to hotels. And he knew some of us smoked but told us not to smoke ... down onto the bridge of my nose and leave a ...
    10/29/2014 - 10:55 am | View Link
  • Twelve Questions: Michael Boulgaris - New Zealand Herald
    4. I used to run out and watch planes from our ... Well, she used to drink and smoke so we were ... the motorway at 6am and couldn't leave the ...
    10/27/2014 - 2:51 pm | View Link
  • From state house to Remuera - New Zealand Herald
    4. I used to run out and watch planes from our ... Well, she used to drink and smoke so we were ... the motorway at 6am and couldn't leave the ...
    10/27/2014 - 12:30 pm | View Link
  • Tales from the Morgue: Stories of the 1978 jet crash - Arizona Daily Star
    ... could see was thick clouds of black smoke and a ... here for a while . . . until it is safe to leave. ... the danger of the Air Force planes ...
    10/27/2014 - 6:40 am | View Link
  • Investigation: Post-crash fires in small planes cost 600 lives - USA Today
    The victims who died from fatal burns or smoke inhalation often had few ... over 60% of his body, the crash was mild enough to leave him otherwise
    10/27/2014 - 5:57 am | View Link
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  • Investigation: Post-crash fires in small planes cost 600 lives
    The victims who died from fatal burns or smoke inhalation often had few if any broken bones ... the crash was mild enough to leave him otherwise unscathed. "I had no scratches, I didn't have any sprains, I didn't have any breaks. I had no internal injuries ...
    10/28/2014 - 9:00 pm | View Link
  • Planes 'colliding' in Pease drill leave many 'injured'
    Around them, people were screaming, smoke was swirling and high-pressure hoses were pumping water as sirens punctured a cloudy sky. Emergency response, fire and law enforcement personnel from more than 10 regional agencies raced to the runway. Nathan Jr ...
    10/4/2014 - 5:04 pm | View Link
  • New planes could have helped firefighters locate Waldo Canyon fire before it grew
    By 10 p.m., fire crews hiking in the area could find no sign of smoke and decided to call off the search. "We're going to leave this in Forest Service hands," fire crews reported to dispatch at 9:53 p.m. Friday. "They are going to come up with a crew ...
    08/17/2014 - 9:00 pm | View Link
  • E-cigarettes on planes: legal grey area left up to carriers
    "But that's a huge job." What do you think about people being able to smoke e-cigarettes on aircraft? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or tweet us @CBCCalgary.
    01/17/2014 - 7:59 pm | View Link
  • Palm Springs passengers forced to switch planes before takeoff
    Passengers aboard a SkyWest Airlines flight were being switched to another aircraft Tuesday after smoke was reported in the cabin of their plane as it was about to leave Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport for Palm Springs. SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa ...
    11/26/2013 - 5:33 am | View Link
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  • GTA 5: Funny Moments!
    The GTA V adventures continue! Leave a 'LIKE' if you enjoy! :) Today we have fun with the NEW Vestra plane and discover an awesome way to swat police ...
    10/29/2014 - 9:15 pm | View Website
  • Why do planes leave smoke trails? | Puzzled Parent
    by puzzledparent. This is one of the first questions I can remember my son asking me which took me by surprise. At age 3 he was and is still (approaching 5 ...
    10/29/2014 - 4:29 pm | View Website
  • MrRCSound Smoke System For Electric RC Planes
    MrRCSound Smoke System for Electric Aircraft. This is the first electric smoke system for electric RC planes with the ability to turn the smoke on/off with the flip ...
    10/29/2014 - 1:51 pm | View Website
  • Contrail Science
    Some planes in the sky leave trails that persist and spread, and other planes, in the same sky, leave short-lived trails, or no trails at all.
    10/29/2014 - 12:25 pm | View Website
  • Plane evacuated due to smoke smell at Metro Airport
    A small plane was evacuated on the tarmac Monday due to a smoke smell.
    10/28/2014 - 4:23 pm | View Website
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