When I really started paying attention to aircraft trails over Liverpool, I tried to work out where the planes were coming from and going to. The best that I could do to narrow down the locations, was to realise that many of the planes seemed to operate out of North Wales. Also, I noticed that the planes were not commercial aircraft, even though they did look like passenger jets. Oddly, they never seemed to fly at high altitude and their strange manoeuvres suggested to me that they could not be from standard airports; they could only be flying from private or military airfields.
The closest North Wales airfield to Liverpool of any significance is Broughton, which is near the town of Hawarden. It is also referred to as Chester Airport because of its close proximity to the ancient walled city. The Broughton site was established during the Second World War and is now operated by the Airbus Group. Historically, the site’s security has been provided by the MoD but it is now under the control of the North Wales Police.
Many airfields around the UK naturally have links to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) through their history with the Royal Air Force (RAF). As such, many aircraft manufacturers and defence contractors have also been established at these sites, for matters of convenience and security.
The question we now need to ask is whether the MoD is using these airfields and its relationships with the on-site manufacturers, as the method by which to release contaminants into the air and onto the unsuspecting public below?
The strange thing about Broughton is that within its perimeter, there is a manufacturing company that has nothing to do with aircraft parts or components. The company is called Altitude Aluminium and it specialises in the production of aluminium windows and doors.
Maybe this has come about because of Broughton’s post war history, where prefabricated aluminium bungalows were produced by a company called Vickers. Nevertheless, it does seem highly unusual that such a company should operate from within the controlled security border. In other words, you cannot just walk up to its reception; you have to pass through a military style check point first.
This would not be controversial if aircraft trails were not associated with the release of aluminium particulates around the world. There are numerous claims that aluminium is used to produce the expanding persistent white trails, which are subsequently contaminating the rainwater and the soil. I am not saying that this particular (and rather bizarrely named) company is doing anything wrong but it is an extraordinary set of circumstances. Strangely, there is also a car restoration company operating within the perimeter but it does not specialise in aluminium products.
Whatever the reasons are for the current arrangement at Broughton airfield, it is a shame that we know longer have investigative journalists in the UK who are prepared to dig a little deeper on such matters, when it is clearly in the public interest to do so.