animation trace/trail?

Not sure exactly what this is called or whether it is possible or not, but is there way for blender to show like the path or trail of an object I animated?

Example, imagine a bouncing ball, and as it’s bouncing it’s leaving a line behind itself showing me it’s exact path.

I am animating flying fighter craft and it would help if I could turn on, enable, or activate that mode if such exists. I’m working on my curves and there is only so much I can do through the dopesheet and the curve editor.

Any ideas will be appreciated.

Press T for toolshelf then under Motion Paths select Calculate Paths, then the frame range.
or press spacebar and search for path (calculate object paths)

There is also Motion Trail addon but may not work with latest blender versions