What Was That Plane Flying Over Lime Ridge in Concord & Walnut Creek?

February 4, 2013 17:26 pm · 28 comments


If you saw the plane flying very low over Lime Ridge this afternoon, it was a NASA owned plane, testing the air pollution level in Claycord.

Click on the photo above to learn more about testing.

Thanks to Brad for the information!

Howard K. Mullins III February 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Heaven forbid anyone walks to bikes or uses an electrical vehicle.

No, let us pollute the air flying around in an airplane on a spare the air day to measure pollution.

Our government in action, looking out for its own best interests.

effer February 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

The pollution is in the sky, not on the ground

TinFoiler February 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Flying too low for city limits. And WTF about the Ridiculous chemtrails??? I guess they aren’t measuring those.

Rob February 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

They should paint the planes black just to have fun with the Tin Foil \ Bunker folks…

Shasta Daisy February 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM
anon February 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

If you read the article this was scheduled well in advance and has been a multi-year effort. Further, a “spare the air day”, also known as days when air pollution is at it’s worst, is the perfect time to measure how bad air pollution can get.

J. February 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Hello-KItty goes in to space:

Larry February 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

@ #1 agree with your observation,but then again knowing how honest and efficient Government is,they may have been using an electric airplane and failed to report that part to the rest of us with a brain.

bigjim February 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Tom Huey?

Calendar Girl February 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I may sound like a dumb Claycordian, but I am glad we got to burn on Super Bowl Sunday because it helped soothe the defeat, just a little.

The Real McCoy February 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I just checked sparetheair.org and it’s not a Spare the Air day… THEY MUST HAVE CHANGED IT. These tyrants will stop at NOTHING… they have NO HONOR… and NO SHAME…. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!


@ 9 February 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

NASA could have just contracted with Tom Huey.

Saw it! February 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Saw it flying low and surprisingly fast over by the Lunardi’s center heading west towrds the the Caldecott. Had no idea what that was all about, especially because I thought the plane they talked about for air quality tests was going to be some large tank shape, not at all like a small fighter!

Triple Canopy February 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

@3.. it’s “contrails” NOT “chemtrails”.

BAAQMD will refer to but of course exclude any NASA data that doesn’t support their claims.

Those bastards should take a trip to China sometime. Instead, they sit behind their computers and dream up new laws, regulations, and bureaucratic programs to justify their existence.

The Iceman Cometh February 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

To the airplane haters,
I guarantee you that using an aircraft – fossil fuel or otherwise – would be the fastest, most accurate and reliable, safest, and cheapest way to gather the air pollution data that NASA seeks over such a large area. To think that using bicycles to collect such information is foolish at best, and smacks of environmental whacko-ism. Aviation serves America!
And yes, I am both a proud pilot and conservationist.
Just sayin’…

Starfish February 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Well…it’s about time. This should have happened a long time ago. There were probably sent in because of the so many spare the air days.

Nom de Plume February 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

That’s a good area from which to test. Driving along Ygnacio Valley Road toward Walnut Creek immediately gives a good visual of the air quality, especially when it’s bad. Now, we must improve it.

JC February 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Are sure they were not looking for an Olive Garden!

TinFoiler February 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

#14, Speak for yourself.
It’s CHEMTRAILS. There is a difference.

Duck February 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Nasa could harness all of the hot air spewed from this blog to float a blimp to spare the air !

Señor Smog February 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I tried valiantly to make an acrid fog bank of Pennsylvania blue anthracite haze, but alas, my single chimney was unable to bring this plane down. We lost several kittens and elderly asthmatics in the process; a lamentable collateral loss.

Duck February 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Señor Smog, Bawhahahahahaha……………I love it !

Travis Bickle February 4, 2013 at 11:30 PM

@Triple Canopy #14:

Now you’ve gone and done it.

Coughing February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I saw that plane flying over and my asthma got so bad, oh I’m just glad I didn’t see any fireplace smoke….

LorieStories February 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

If they’re so concerned maybe they should shut the Shell Oil Refinery pumping out it’s poisons in the air. While they’re at it, take the poisonous fluoride out of our drinking water. We are the only nation that is forced to drink meds. (The US calls it “an unapproved new drug). The Harvard study just came out this week and said fluoride lowers the IQ in children who drink fluoridated water.

Anon2you February 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Ways to tell if it is a Spare the Air Day!
1) Is it Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day? Spare the Air Day
2) New Years Eve, or New Years Day? Spare the Air Day
3) Thanksgiving Day or any day leading up to or immediately following? S.T.A.D
4) Are you off work and want to enjoy a nice fire? S.T.A.D
5) Is it freezing cold outside? S.T.A.D
6) Does it seem like the perfect evening to have a fire? S.T.A.D

J. February 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

ABC-7 picked up my Hello-Kitty story above as an “only seen on 7” feature:

I'm The Urban Spaceman February 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM

El Mayor,

Any official results to report?

I can report the following unofficial readings…I was out with my Beserkley pal Jonathan and a few other Modern Lovers, cruising the Claycord Astral Plane and our chemical readings reveal that due to a high presssure inversion layer there is an extremely high level of troll gasbaggery concentrated in the Claycord Valley.

Urban Spaceman Out

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