JUST IN FROM NASA- A LINK TO THE TRACK OF SATURDAY’S NASA FLIGHT OVER HOUSTON. ZOOM IN AND SEE HOW CLOSE IT WAS TO BEING DIRECTLY OVER YOUR HEAD
NASA is confirming the aircraft is a new WB-57 High Altitude aircraft circling the city at 49,000 feet.
The WB-57 is a mid-wing, long-range aircraft capable of operation for extended periods of time from sea level to altitudes well in excess of 60,000 feet. Two crewmembers are positioned at separate tandem stations in the cockpit. The pilot station contains all the essential equipment for flying the aircraft. The sensor operator station contains both navigational equipment and controls for the operation of the payloads and payload support systems located throughout the aircraft. The WB-57 can remain aloft for approximately 6.5 hours, flying both day and night, so long as separation from hazardous weather can be maintained. With a range of 2,500 miles, the aircraft can be deployed to any continent. Please contact the WB-57 Program Office with any further inquiries.
We are getting multiple reports of an aircraft circling the area of Harris, Montgomery and Galveston County for the past hour at approximately 38,000 feet. Bush is referring everything to Ellington. Ellington has no comment at this time as to what the aircraft is.
The contrails can be seen from the East Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Galveston Island.