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USAF SAYS IT KNOWS WHAT CAUSED THE DOWNING OF THE RQ-170 SENTINEL OVER IRAN

Sadly USAF Chief Norton Schwartz will not share exactly what went wrong but human error and major system failure are mentioned in the piece. Of further interest, the piece says there are more than a handful of the drones and … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS PART II: THE GRANDSON OF “TACIT BLUE”

PLEASE READ RQ-170 ORIGINS PART I FOR FULL CONTEXT BEFORE CONTINUING ON: My first piece on the ancestry of the RQ-170 Sentinel, America’s secret unmanned stealthy sensor truck of choice, got a lot of traffic and was the topic of … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS: DARKSTAR HAS GROWN UP

                  Since the “Sentinel Down” escapade began I have wanted to do a piece about the probable origins of the RQ-170, in an attempt to answer many of the looming questions as … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL PICTURES IN COMBAT AIRCRAFT MAGAZINE ARE AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!

If you have interest in this story (and if you check aviationintel regularly I am sure you do!) you NEED to go download or purchase the December issue of Combat Aircraft Monthly. The CA crew have obtained high-resolution shots of the RQ-170 flying in … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 “SENTINEL DOWN” THEORY ROUNDUP!

        Since Iran put what is most likely a real American RQ-170 Sentinel Drone on display it seems that a cottage industry has emerged of folks who try to explain how the bat-winged spy in the sky was brought down. … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED DECEMBER TO REMEMBER!

Sent from a couple of posters here at Aviationintel, classic! http://youtu.be/a6HwrSOtkXo To access to all RQ-170 “Sentinel Down” related posts, in order from newest to oldest, please click on the link below! http://aviationintel.com/?cat=2281

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US SAYS RQ-170 SENTINEL BROKE INTO A THREE PIECES ON IMPACT, PIECED BACK TOGETHER, PAINTED & DISPLAYED

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203733304577102504272876554.html http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4162745,00.html This is an interesting story as it admits that what we see in the Iranian pictures and video is a real RQ-170. Further, the fact that nobody in government, on record or off, has denied the aircraft’s validity further solidifies this absolutely key … Read the rest of this entry

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JOHN BATCHELOR NATIONAL RADIO PROGRAM INTERVIEW

I have been asked to start posting my interviews on the site. Interviews are tough because you have a very limited amount of time to address an amazingly large amount of material, but none-the-less I am happy to start posting them … Read the rest of this entry

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IRAN SAYS IT WILL DISPLAY MORE US & ISRAELI DRONES

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4161932,00.html In what may be one of the most grim and serious aviation open houses of all time, the Iranians are now saying they are going to put more drones on display of US and Israeli origin that it has shot down … Read the rest of this entry

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US ADMITS RQ-170 SENTINEL WAS FLYING DEEP RECONNAISSANCE INSIDE OF IRAN TO MONITOR NUCLEAR SITES

Apparently the DoD had no idea the CIA was flying the doomed drone mission? I highly doubt that unless the CIA has direct control over this vehicle and it’s tasking. This prompts the question, are there two fleets of RQ-170 Sentinels, as in … Read the rest of this entry

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Iran Says It Spoofed The RQ-170 Sentinel Into Thinking It Was Home, Others Say It Was Captured In Afghanistan

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1215/Exclusive-Iran-hijacked-US-drone-says-Iranian-engineer This is an interesting read but seems to be a “glazing” of the possibilities and the complexity of what it would have taken to make the events proposed happen. There is simply much more story here. What they do not mention in … Read the rest of this entry

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Panetta Says America’s Stealth Drone Campaign Will Continue, Despite Loss Of RQ-170 Sentinel

There is video in this article as well. Direct from the DoD’s head executive, the drone went down and he seems also confused as to what brought it down, at least that is what is stated in the video. Further, Panetta makes … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 “SENTINEL DOWN” CLUES?: USAF’S SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD’S STUNNING REPORT ABOUT THE VULNERABILITY OF UAV’S

This is really some timing, http://jeffreycarr.blogspot.com/ has a recent full report from the USAF Scientific Advisory Board that details major vulnerabilities of current USAF unmanned aerial vehicle operations. I have not read the piece yet but the site has done a nice summary of some … Read the rest of this entry

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Evening News Update!

ON THE “Sentinel Down” SAGA: – U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers states: “I am satisfied in this particular case that no outside force brought this drone down… I will say without hesitation that this came down due to a … Read the rest of this entry

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“Sentinel Down” Update & Commentary!

President Obama says that the US has asked Iran for the drone back. This is so ridiculous I don’t even want to address it, but it does at least validate that Iran has a US drone. The DoD has yet to say … Read the rest of this entry

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