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.

3 comments:

Heather said...

Wow, that is so cool. Do tell if you find out more info. on the above plane. Good shot. What type of camera do you have? It takes awesome shots. I'm looking into getting a Canon 8 megapixel EOS Digital SLR camera? Any knowledge or thoughts on whether this is a good camera. I'm not a professional photog. like you, but I do like to dabble with high quality pic's and I took some good one's with this camera (my friend has it). Now, I want one.

Tim Perkins said...

Heather: That is a fantastic camera. Get it if you can. I use a Canon 300D EOS SLR. It's over 2 years old, which means it's getting anachronistic in the camera world. Just as important are the lenses. If you get the camera, I know of a perfect zoom lens that is affordable (I think) and would let you get outdoors and shoot amazing subjects.

Heather said...

Cool Tim, thanks.