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    Default I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    We were near Cheyenne, at 37,000’ went I first spotted it. At first I thought it was another jet, opposite direction but it wasn’t leaving a contrail and everyone else was. As we got closer it was apparent that it was nearly stationary and hourglass shaped. It seemed to be a couple of thousand feet above and darting around slightly. It was actually our jet that was making slight adjustments and with nothing around the object it made it seem like it was the one making these moves.

    as we got closer, it became apparent it was some sort of balloon. I reported it to ATC as a balloon at 39,000’ abeam us. He chuckled and said try that altitude again. I then said I had no idea. He told me it was 400’ in height and at 62,000’

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    So it’s an IFO.

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    I’m surprised they don’t have more of those up on a regular basis. As a floating platform for as long as it lasts. Parachute the hardware down, retrieve, and repeat.

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    We used to make UFOs by taking a garbage bag partially filled with helium (fill them too full and they pop at altitude) and about 10' below it on a string we would have another one with just air in it. Finally, another ten feet of string and a third bag filled with air. When flying it made three vertical black dots.

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Every winter for the past hundred years I've been intending to make some of those hot air balloons with a candle in them. We're two thirds of the way through winter here and I still haven't gotten around to it. JayInOz

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Portable incendiary device.

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Flat earthers claim that as space doesn't exist, satellites are supported by balloons. They call them sateloons.
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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    I wonder if one can see crop circles from that high up?

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Drano and aluminum foil will make the hydrogen for a small scale version of the Hindenberg. We used to set our balloons aloft with a cigarette fuse . . .

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Drano and aluminum foil will make the hydrogen for a small scale version of the Hindenberg. We used to set our balloons aloft with a cigarette fuse . . .
    Caustic soda and aluminium was my method.
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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    We fly weather balloons to 100k feet and build the payloads to be bright orange in an effort to make them identifiable. It also makes it easy to find them in the woods...
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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Caustic soda is lye is sodium hydroxide is the main ingredient in old time Drano. Fun old time tip: We used to clean pots out camping by heating water in the pot and adding fire ashes - grease plus potassium hydroxide is soap . . .

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    My grandma showed me how to make soap, beef fat rendered down and ashes, and something else…..lye?

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Some home soap makers us lye (sodium or potassium hydroxide) directly while 'melt and pour' already has lye in safe dilution. Modern homemade soaps are a long step from the horrors of nineteenth century laundry works but you still want to take it safely with good ventilation. Like outdoors. With some breeze. You'll gain appreciation for Dr Bronner's.

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    My grandma showed me how to make soap, beef fat rendered down and ashes, and something else…..lye?
    Ashes are already caustic, it might have been common table salt - helps with making the basic mushy diy soap into a hard soap bar. You could mix ashes and lye of course, but they both serve same purpose so my first guess would be table salt - unless your grandma's idea was to use ashes only to save on lye that she had to buy.

    Disclaimer: I've never made soap myself, that's just my degree in chemistry trying to guess what happened
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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    From UFO's to soap-making in one thread. Gotta love the Bilge!

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Fred Drift rules OK!

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Those youfo's are slippery customers.

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    Default Re: I couldn’t tell what it was, but I was definitely sure what it was not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Bradshaw View Post
    We used to make UFOs by taking a garbage bag partially filled with helium (fill them too full and they pop at altitude) and about 10' below it on a string we would have another one with just air in it. Finally, another ten feet of string and a third bag filled with air. When flying it made three vertical black dots.
    My brother’s science project in 8th grade was dry cleaner bags filled with stove gas for balloons and a small sealed bag with request for information on time and location where found. Then we started adding fuzes for nightime excitement. Methane gives a very slow lift.

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