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Part 2: Contractors run U.S. spying missions in Africa

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Four small, white passenger planes sit outside a hangar here under a blazing sun, with no exterior markings save for U.S. registration numbers painted on the tails. A few burly men wearing aviator sunglasses and short haircuts poke silently around the wing flaps and landing gear.

The aircraft are Pilatus PC-12s, turboprops favored by the U.S. Special Operations forces for stealth missions precisely because of their nondescript appearance. There is no hint that they are carrying high-tech sensors and cameras that can film man-size targets from 10 miles away.

 

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 Pilatus PC-12 Spectre:

http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com/00-def/main/scripts/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Downloads/Brochures/Pilatus%20Aircraft%20Ltd%20-%20PC-12%20Spectre.pdf

Phoenix Police Department Selects Pilatus PC-12 Spectre

http://www.pilatusowners.org/imgs/phoenix_police_spectra.pdf

Despite recession, Phoenix police have new $4 mil plane
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2010/03/21/20100321policeplane0321.html#ixzz1xpkmQMID

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