exhaust trail

exhaust trail

[ig′zȯst ‚trāl]
(meteorology)
A visible condensation trail (contrail) that forms when the water vapor of an aircraft exhaust is mixed with and saturates (or slightly supersaturates) the air in the wake of the aircraft.
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This knowledge allowed British scientists to establish a relationship between the percent of fuel energy that heated the exhaust trail and the critical atmospheric temperature for contrail formation.
Where the exhaust trails were concerned, the report stated that the only reliable means of preventing their formation was to remove the water from engine exhausts by means of a water-recovery system.
Why was the aircraft only shown hiding behind a post with an exhaust trail visible?
4 -- color) SpaceShipOne leaves an exhaust trail to space Monday.
The experts falling the exhaust trail see the next two quarters as smoking with impressive earnings growth.
Atlantis and its crew of five soared into a clear Florida sky with a rising full moon in the background and the setting sun turning the exhaust trail gold and peach.
Traversing the exhaust trail of a Concorde 11 times during an Air France flight from Fiji to New Zealand last year, a NASA environmental research plane sampled the SST's exhaust, the researchers report in the Oct.
Very faintly on the horizon we could see their shimmering exhaust trails fizzing over the wave tops as they came for us.
More than 40,000 flights by high-flying NATO aircraft released chemically reactive exhaust trails filled with nitrogen oxides that devour stratospheric ozone.
Designers working on aeronautic projects can create very realistic exhaust trails, missile trails, vapor trails from wingtips, and even skywriting applications.
Flying their planes through the exhaust trails of ships, investigators made the first direct measurements of the effect of ship exhaust on cloud droplets.