Observations made on ten routine B-47 training missions are used to evaluate present theoretical work on formation of exhaust condensation trails, and these observations are then correlated with the structure of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, to determine synoptic features typically associated with favorable and unfavorable conditions for trail formation
For the altitudes considered broad areas of trail formation were found to occur only between the polar front and the sub-tropical jet streams. Broad areas unfavorable to trail formation were found to be located on the cyclonic shear side of the polar front jet and on the anticyclonic shear side of the subtropical jet. Agreement between these observations and theory is good.
* Participated while assigned to Florida State University by USAFIT as an advanced student in Meteorology. Present address: Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado.