Sky Spy Sunday


At dusk I stood on a residential street with trim lawns and watched planes approach a runaway along the other side of a chain-link fence. Just a few dozen yards away, a JetBlue airliner landed. Then a United plane followed. But the next aircraft looked different. It was a bit smaller and had no markings or taillights. A propeller whirled at the back. And instead of the high-pitched screech of a jet, the sound was more like… a drone.

During the next half-hour I saw three touch-and-go swoops by drones, their wheels scarcely reaching the runaway before climbing back above Syracuse’s commercial airport. Nearby, pilots were at the controls in front of Air Force computers, learning how to operate the MQ-9 Reaper drone that is now a key weapon of US warfare from Afghanistan to the Middle East to Africa.

Since last summer the Defense Department has been using the runway and airspace at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to train drone operators, who work at the adjoining Air National Guard base. Officials say it’s the first time that the federal government has allowed military drones to utilize a commercial airport. It won’t be the last time.



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23 Responses to Sky Spy Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Have a great Mothers Day Carol and Micki!!


  2. Den says:

    I forgot all about Mothers Day until this AM, mine has been with the Angels for years.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    The Donald keeps the chattering class amplified.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Were you cyber attacked?


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Somehow my battery powered clock was almost an hour slow. Did I fail to spring it forward? Don’t think so. Usually when the battery gives out it just quits.

    Must be a gremlin about…


  6. David B. Benson says:

    TVD bridge route in a slow 56 minutes again. Insect eaters out flitting about picking ’em off. A magpie flying away from me. Earlier today a hawk skillfully finding an updraft.

    Cooler doing the stick walking right before sunset. Grass is growing profusely and Missouri Flat Creek is well down.


  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Did I mention that one of my on-line political friends that I’ve had real face time with for quite a few times, the latest being this past Saturday when Jill and I met Snotty at Los Tres Amigos.

    Snotty is coming over HERE Tuesday at 1:00! I finally get to show off the ranch to someone! I’m making my famous Tostadas for her.


  8. Den says:

    Monday in Coyoteville:


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