How do I create a Smoke Trail?

I have modeled an airplane that I wish to trail some smoke from as if it’s on fire, or a stunt plane with a smoke trail. I only want to render a single frame (not an animation); How can I get smoke to trail along a given path, disapating as it goes and using the smoke simulation in Blender 2.53 Beta?

Animate the plane on the path and add an emitter at the end.

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