Thursday, November 09, 2006
CIA Intrigue and Yours Truly
Weird story. Back in September, I was photographing at Love Field in Dallas when my phone rang. It was my son, Blake, telling me that a sonogram showed my next grandchild to be a girl. He was excited and so was I. But I had to cut the call short because a very anomalous aircraft was getting ready to take off.
Love Field is home to Southwest Airlines. About 95% of the shots I take there are SW. So it's rare but fun when something different comes along. The plane that was taking off had no markers, no registration number, no decals, no nuthin'. I snapped off a few pix including the one above.
I went home and researched it. Turns out that this plane is clouded with mystery. That thing you see hanging down under the fuselage is a wide-angle radar. Word has it that the plane is being used for some sort of hush-hush CIA (redundant?) activity. It is extremely elusive in that very few photographs of it exist. I've been lucky enough to catch it on two separate trips to Love.
I've been contacted by folks interested in my pictures of the plane from as far away as Canada and the Netherlands. A guy is doing an article for a Navy magazine and wants to use the above shot.
I just hope my doorbell doesn't ring late one night and find me staring at three big guys in trenchcoats.
Posted by Tim Perkins at 11/09/2006 09:26:00 PM