Montana 1997 "Donuts" Photo
"Donuts-on-a-rope" contrails are still an uncommon sight, and photos of them are even more
rare. Two images and a drawing were sent to the Aurora Aircraft Page in June 2000 by Erik Berman,
who gave an account of what his friend saw and photographed in July 1997. A contrail photo was
taken during a vacation at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana. The images shown here
were cropped from the full, original image. Mr. Berman is inviting inquiries regarding the
original photograph, and any interested parties may contact him directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org. He relates
the sighting below. The path of the aircraft is from right to left, with the aircraft at far
left. It is clear from viewing the photo that this isn't your average contrail.
Images used with permission. Copyright © 1997-2000 Erik Berman.
[This is] a photo that I have of a donuts-on-a-rope vapor contrail, possibly from an
Aurora-type craft. The photo was taken with a 35mm camera with standard processing. The photo
was taken in northern Montana by the US/Canadian border, on or about July 27, 1997.
Far left section
Far right section
In the sky is a long "donuts" contrail. I used a high resolution scanner to import the
photo into my computer. Using a basic software photo package I was able to zoom-in/enlarge the
photo. After spending numerous hours/days analyzing the photo, an image that was otherwise
optically invisible to the naked eye can be seen.
Far left portion (thermal view)
Ahead of the "donuts" trail you can see six distinct lights. When you play
"connect-the-dots" with these lights, they form the outline of a delta-shaped craft, with one
central dorsal, tail fin, below the tail fin you can clearly see a spherical, orange/red
thermal image of its exhaust, below the "glowing" orange exhaust "ball", it branches in two,
like a "Y".
I am alleging that the Aurora-type craft in my photo is optically invisible when it wants
to be by means of some type of dielectric ram, high energy thermal "self generating" ozone
refraction, or some type of intense magnetic field around the craft, that bends the light
Many people claim to have "donuts" contrail pictures, but with no craft
flying ahead. The reason they cannot see any craft flying ahead is because it is optically
invisible. If they only took the time to scan their photos and enlarge them, they might be
able to see the craft as in my photo. Something had to have made the "donuts" contrails in
published photos, unless they are all fakes, or old jet contrails that broke apart. Just
because you cannot see something doesn't mean that it is not there.
Is this the Aurora, or another aircraft? If it isn't Aurora, what is it? Mr. Berman believes
further analysis of "donuts" images should be made. Is this the first photo of the Aurora in
flight? Dear visitors, this is for you to decide.