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18 June 2012 @ 08:21 am
Someone in the Air Farce Needs a Firing Party  

LOS ANGELES — An unmanned Air Force space plane steered itself to a landing early Saturday at a California military base, capping a 15-month clandestine mission.

The spacecraft, which was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida in March 2011, conducted in-orbit experiments during the mission, officials said. It was the second such autonomous landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. In 2010, an identical unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth after seven months and 91 million miles in orbit.

By Alicia Chang, © Associated Press 2012 — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/16/unmanned-air-force-space-plane-lands-calif/

I'm sure there is a reason for plastering this across the face of every newspaper and (probably) television set in the world – and I'm equally sure that it is a poor one.

Quoting Lt. Col. Robert Hill-Murray, late of His Majesty's Indian Army: "This is the only nation that runs a secret intelligence service in the headlines of a major newspaper." The colonel said that in the 1960s and it would seem that not much has changed since then.

I note that quite unfortunately this is not the first time I've quoted the colonel on this and related matters. The icon  sums up my feelings on the matter.


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murstein: Old Navymurstein on June 18th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Of course, if the Air Force did try to keep this much secret, the news media would be quoting the satellite watchers, instead. Such as, for example, these tidbits posted by Messrs Thierry Legault and Emmanuel Rietsch:


Given the public announcements, however, what I find myself wondering, is what was happening over thataway while the Air Force said "Hey, everybody! Our spy plane is landing at Vandenberg!" When I needed to know such things, comparably boneheaded announcements invariably turned out to be misdirection, directing attention to less-important or mostly-publicly-known-anyway things while something more sensitive happened behind the gawker's backs.
Leon Jester: Caesar's Oar_ApolloBFlwj2 on June 19th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
You've a point, Fred.

I'll point out that you were in the service when the last of the WW2/Korean War lot was (one hopes) running things.

I've little faith in our current government (by which I mean the senior levels, not the administration [I've no faith in that lot at all.]) being able to spell, much less run, a maskirovka.