Allow me to preface the photograph and e-mail by saying I am a Police Detective of 20 years, and a Commissioned Officer in the NJ Air National Guard. What my toddler son and I experienced today was beyond comprehension. On Tuesday 4/12/11 at approximately 5:52 PM we were playing with his train set on our 3rd floor sunroom and heard what sounded like a cross between a C-17 and a C-5 military aircraft. The sound of the aircraft sounded somewhat strange to me and my son immediately took notice since he really enjoys jets and helicopters.
When we approached the extra large south facing Andersen Bay Windows we were unable to see any aircraft at all. What we did observe was a very strange cylindrical contrail appear approximately 2,500 feet above ground level. The contrail appeared comparable to a piece of yarn strung across the sky. The cloud ceiling was approximately 5,000 feet above ground level, and the contrail produced by the unknown aircraft was well below that ceiling. Again, we had an unobstructed visual of the entire south facing sky and the contrail appeared right before our eyes without seeing any aircraft whatsoever. This incident took place over Toms River, New Jersey.