reply to post by smurfy
The CIA and the USAF both have a history of working with private contractors, including on UAV operations. The USAF prefers to fly their missions
with their own people, but they have civilian contractors flying test flights and training operators for them. The CIA chose to have a civilian
contractor fly their missions, just as they apparently chose not to have a fail safe on their aircraft, where the USAF did. The USAF *did* train
their own people to fly the Sentinel, and their own people currently fly it. But the Sentinel program is a joint CIA/USAF program. So some of them
are CIA owned and operated, on CIA missions. Those are the ones flown by LM, not the USAF missions.
The CIA screws up all the time, but I'm not convinced that this was a screw up. Some of the pictures don't make sense, and don't add up to things
you'd normally find on a UAV. Doors in the wrong place, doors that shouldn't be there at all, doors that aren't there when they should be, etc.
Something is fishy about this whole "accident".
edit on 2/7/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)