Secret federal aircraft spy network implodes! Bristow VA post office keystone in Spy Network: Citizen journalists & data diggings expose ~100 domestic spy planes, Congress takes notice of LulzFleet!
If secret federal aviation is the Big Lebowski, Bristow is the rug that really ties the room together.
It’s been thrilling to watch one of my favorite topics, aviation in covert operations, hit the bigtime over the last few news cycles. A few tweets about suspicious plane hovering over Baltimore ‘disturbances’ registered to a ghostly “NG Research” at a Bristow, Virginia PO Box cued the story. The FBI conceding to Washington Post that it was their flight set the stage for this. These stories have quietly been leaching out for years. As far back as 2003 (or 2006 in WIRED) references to small aircraft doing domestic surveillance have been popping up. After the Boston Marathon bombing, a small aircraft was traced to the same Bristow VA cluster. Today the story hit turbo with a big AP story, FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities, but there are lots more to find because the AP didn’t really go outside of Bristow. You’ll find plenty of N Numbers to snoop on below – and cool new tracking techniques too!! Quote of the year?
The FBI asked the AP not to disclose the names of the fake companies it uncovered, saying that would saddle taxpayers with the expense of creating new cover companies to shield the government’s involvement, and could endanger the planes and integrity of the surveillance missions. The AP declined the FBI’s request because the companies’ names — as well as common addresses linked to the Justice Department — are listed on public documents and in government databases.
In my own scoping in the last week or so it appears that these shell company registration were mostly set up around 2010 or 2011, making this an Obama operation through and through. I apologize for not tipping yall more quickly to this impending development but I have been too busy!
And now! Grassley presses FBI for answers on mysterious surveillance flights | TheHill (June 2 2015)
This story shows that secret airlines are becoming an obsolete method for the [deep] state, because with the Internet and planespotters it becomes possible to observe and end-run around the secrecy of the networks, as the last big wave of awareness around secret detainee flights in the Bush years really revealed (though mostly in Eurasia, not North America). (2007 Cryptome Story and Category:Alleged CIA pilots – SourceWatch)
MadCowProd.com by Daniel Hopsicker has been a mainstay on the topic for many years, and his work on Barry Seal (Adler Berriman Seal) may have been ripped off to produce Tom Cruise’s new film MENA. Since 2007 Barry Seal has served as something like the Spirit Animal of HongPong.com, and I wish the best for Hopsicker to get his due compensation, but I am also glad the story is getting attention finally. 2007: Barry Seal: Hongpong.com’s American Hero: Best CIA Drug pilot ever, a hero for Contra Freedom and enormous sunglasses.
For a whole bunch of related info, see my Dec 2010 post: CIA Aircraft Shell Companies; FAA notices 119,000 unregistered aircraft for epic drugflight lols; Afghan drug informant/patsy blamed; Evergreen Dispersant Chemtrails; DEA rents plane from drug traffickers for total win in Fake War on Drugs. Also Oct 2014: Iran-Contra is not dead: Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance on the big screen! Kill the Messenger tackles corporate media & CIA-aligned drug trafficking. Dec 2007: Hillary’s skeleton: These CIA Iran-Contra Arkansas docs reveal ugly past.
Many many sketchy aircraft have turned up since World War II running covert ops. See 2005 NYT story too: C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights:
…….As the C.I.A. tries to veil such air operations, aviation regulations pose a major obstacle. Planes must have visible tail numbers, and their ownership can be easily checked by entering the number into the Federal Aviation Administration’s online registry. So, rather than purchase aircraft outright, the C.I.A. uses shell companies whose names appear unremarkable in casual checks of F.A.A. registrations.
Years ago I asked a staff research person at the Minnesota Department of Transportation if there was something weird about how FAA registration works, if it is designed to hide ownership, and he assured me it had been that way since the FAA had been set up – and went on to tell me that when he was much younger, in the late 1980s he had traced a disappeared pilot to Texas, then found that someone had pulled the flight plans from the FAA file. This shadowy story was literally the first thing I heard from a government employee when I went asking, confirming my long-running theory that everyone has some kind of story that touches on the corrupt secret government or deep state.
Naturally the FBI/DOJ also has its own similar shells. Due to incredible laziness the feds registered tons of them with the same name pattern at the same locale in Bristow VA. Here, have some original art I made on May 25, well before the Star Tribune and Associated Press picked up this story!
Several independent parties put these pieces together and triggered the massive news snowball today. Probably the first to catch a large section of it was john wiseman (@lemonodor), who figured out good methods for tracing the transmitters and radio traffic. My friend Sam Richards (@MinneapoliSam) was the first as far as I know to put together the larger data set about the Bristow VA node, after getting a tip about a sketchy spy flight over Minneapolis, although Wiseman verifiably came up with a whole bunch of the shells in early May. Wiseman explains his narrative in new post: Tracking FBI aerial surveillance (with images, tweets) · jjwiseman · Storify
Here is the goddamn awesome data interface Wiseman made, if you check one link here this is my favorite! Gorilla REPL viewer: stats.cljw
Also this is quite good: Track 84 Aircrafts the FBI uses for Surveillance – source for another data table pasted below.
Here is Sam’s pastebin date May 26th: Domestic Aerial Surveillance Aircraft Master-List – Pastebin.com
Below is a listing of 100 aircraft registered to shell companies that do not exist. The US Department of Justice can claim plausible deniability for owning and operating these aircraft however that is a flimsy defense. At the time of posting, a number of these aircraft may be airborne over American cities, equipped with surveillance, stingray, or other hardware. FOIAs are being drafted and will be submitted so it is only a matter of time before a brighter light is shined upon these secretive operations.
For examples of the flight patterns conducted by many of these aircraft within the last few days, check:
Here’s an article by the ACLU highlighting why these operations are of concern https://www.aclu.org/blog/ohio-aerial-surveillance-system-moving-forward… “ARGUS, the high-flying drone technology capable of capturing super-high-definition video of a 15-square mile area and automatically tracking all moving vehicles and people within that area. I pointed out that this makes possible our nightmare scenario for drones: wide-area mass surveillance and location tracking of entire cities and towns.”
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LOCATIONS OF REGISTRATION
BRISTOW, VA; WILMINGTON, DE; NEWARK, DE; KIRKLAND, WA.
LOCATIONS OF REGISTRATION
BRISTOW, VA; WILMINGTON, DE; NEWARK, DE; KIRKLAND, WA;
NORTHEAST AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP:
SOUTHEAST AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP:
NORTHWEST AIRCRAFT LEASING CO:
NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP:
WORLDWIDE AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP:
Now the FBI is an onerous position where they have to turn over, de-register or re-register all of these planes, somehow reconciling rebuilding the secrecy of the fleet exposed above with the FAA’s registration system, and the hordes of planespotters out there now reinforced by tons of interested activists cued into the national scope of this operation. Good luck Feds!
For your convenience here is a table with clickable links, so you can conduct your own checks! SOURCE ENIGMA.IO Track 84 Aircrafts the FBI uses for Surveillance
|Company Name||Street||City||State||ICAO||Flight Radar|
|OTV LEASING||PO BOX 636||BRISTOW||VA||A00C4B||N102BR|
|YAMASEC USA LLC||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134-502||GREENVILLE||DE||A09CC1||N/A|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||A0AB21||N142LJ|
|NBY PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 502||BRISTOW||VA||A0AE77||N143GM|
|PXW SERVICES||PO BOX 802||BRISTOW||VA||A0AE7C||N143GS|
|OTV LEASING||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||A10FBB||N168DK|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||A1100A||N168GP|
|PXW SERVICES||PO BOX 802||BRISTOW||VA||A1488A||N182EM|
|KQM AVIATION||PO BOX 721||BRISTOW||VA||A1EC96||N223EM|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||A2104E||N232DW|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A24DEF||N248CF|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A251BB||N249DB|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A25CD5||N251SR|
|PXW SERVICES||PO BOX 802||BRISTOW||VA||A29A7D||N267RH|
|LCB LEASING||PO BOX 726||BRISTOW||VA||A2B573||N/A|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A2EC92||N288JY|
|NG RESEARCH||PO BOX 655||BRISTOW||VA||A2F6FD||N290RM|
|KQM AVIATION||PO BOX 721||BRISTOW||VA||A327E1||N302MP|
|NBR AVIATION||PO BOX 752||BRISTOW||VA||A34C1A||N311SB|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||A36622||N318SJ|
|FVX RESEARCH||PO BOX 554||BRISTOW||VA||A36932||N319KS|
|RKT PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 926||BRISTOW||VA||A37A7D||N323LP|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134 PMB 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A37D92||N/A|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134 PBM 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A37EC5||N/A|
|PSL SURVEYS||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||A385F0||N326PS|
|LCB LEASING||PO BOX 726||BRISTOW||VA||A41050||N361DB|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A4349B||N370JH|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A46F56||N385RB|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||A4BC6E||N404KR|
|KQM AVIATION||PO BOX 721||BRISTOW||VA||A4D817||N411CP|
|NBY PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 656||BRISTOW||VA||A51A7C||N428MT|
|RKT PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 615||BRISTOW||VA||A59D5B||N461AJ|
|PSL SURVEYS||PO BOX 756||BRISTOW||VA||A5B556||N467TS|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||A622CD||N495BJ|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A66261||N510KS|
|OTV LEASING||PO BOX 636||BRISTOW||VA||A67138||N514KM|
|NBR AVIATION||PO BOX 752||BRISTOW||VA||A6718E||N514NY|
|PXW SERVICES||PO BOX 802||BRISTOW||VA||A68960||N520EP|
|NG RESEARCH||PO BOX 655||BRISTOW||VA||A6A3DC||N527KM|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A6C75D||N536GR|
|NG RESEARCH||PO BOX 722||BRISTOW||VA||A6D306||N539MY|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||A71AB8||N557PG|
|KQM AVIATION||PO BOX 721||BRISTOW||VA||A72E8C||N562CB|
|KLJ AVIATION||PO BOX 731||BRISTOW||VA||A75568||N/A|
|LCB LEASING||PO BOX 726||BRISTOW||VA||A7650F||N576DS|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A7E68F||N608SH|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||A7EEC5||N610AG|
|KQM AVIATION||PO BOX 721||BRISTOW||VA||A7F64F||N612BK|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A81E30||N622FH|
|OTV LEASING||PO BOX 831||BRISTOW||VA||A83822||N629ET|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A8464D||N632MR|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||A846DD||N632TK|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||A86862||N/A|
|PXW SERVICES||PO BOX 802||BRISTOW||VA||A8A872||N657TP|
|FVX RESEARCH||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||A91EC1||N687RT|
|NBY PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 656||BRISTOW||VA||A9CEFF||N731CL|
|FVX RESEARCH||PO BOX 632||BRISTOW||VA||AAF9D8||N806TH|
|OTV LEASING||PO BOX 831||BRISTOW||VA||AB0D1B||N/A|
|KQM AVIATION||PO BOX 721||BRISTOW||VA||AB1551||N813JH|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||AB36F1||N/A|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||AB5C81||N831EM|
|PSL SURVEYS||PO BOX 756||BRISTOW||VA||AC19C5||N879WM|
|NG RESEARCH||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||WILMINGTON||DE||AC7466||N901RM|
|RKT PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 615||BRISTOW||VA||AC872B||N906TM|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||AC8B2B||N907WK|
|NBY PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 502||BRISTOW||VA||AC97AB||N910LF|
|OBR LEASING||PO BOX 725||BRISTOW||VA||AC9E93||N912EX|
|RKT PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 615||BRISTOW||VA||ACA29B||N913JC|
|PSL SURVEYS||PO BOX 756||BRISTOW||VA||ACAEF9||N916WR|
|NG RESEARCH||PO BOX 722||BRISTOW||VA||ACC2EC||N921LS|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||ACC6B5||N922MK|
|AV FLIGHT INC||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||ACE242||N/A|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE #605||GREENVILLE||DE||AD3019||N949RL|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||AD4B3C||N956D|
|PSL SURVEYS||PO BOX 756||BRISTOW||VA||AD56F0||N959JT|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||AD645E||N962JB|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||AD64DB||N962PB|
|FVX RESEARCH||PO BOX 632||BRISTOW||VA||AD6BDA||N964JR|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE # 605||GREENVILLE||DE||AD8CAF||N972SM|
|NBY PRODUCTIONS||PO BOX 502||BRISTOW||VA||ADAFFE||N981MR|
|FVX RESEARCH||PO BOX 632||BRISTOW||VA||ADBAD9||N984JS|
|NBR AVIATION||PO BOX 752||BRISTOW||VA||ADC1C3||N986DK|
|OTV LEASING||PO BOX 636||BRISTOW||VA||ADC293||N986MT|
|NATIONAL AIRCRAFT LEASING CORP||4001 KENNETT PIKE STE 134||GREENVILLE||DE||ADC362||N986W|
SOURCE: View image: image5. This plane has been flagged as using the JENA code which seems to be the usual code until probably around now. Images scaled down, resize to see more. N959JT is of course registered in Bristow VA. Bonus points awarded for pink toenails in spotting this secret aircraft machinery which seems to resemble the gear spotted on the recent Minneapolis plane.
Get ready for more awesome photography out at small airfields like this: sharpiesharpsters comments on The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology – all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government
I live in Phoenix and my coworker was telling me she’s been noticing this plane circling around their neighborhood the past 12 days. They started tracking the planes on Flightradar24 and she sent me these screenshots of some of their flight paths: http://postimg.org/image/tpdhpd789/http://postimg.org/image/o2h4rw4pl/ http://postimg.org/image/uuc58hj2x/ She even had a pilot friend go down to the airport that they’ve been flying out of and do some snooping. He found took this photo of the camera equipment mounted to the bottom of the plane: http://postimg.org/image/hm861sw61/ She said that it’s always the same 3 tail fin numbers which take turns doing the same flight path. They start at daybreak and only stop late in the night.
Update: Here’s another pic my coworker got of one of the planes parked at the Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix. You can see the camera equipment on the side: http://postimg.org/image/oj5bwlcjn/
She also said over the past couple days all the tail fin numbers changed on Flightradar24 and they are now all showing up as some variation of “JENA”. Screenshot: http://postimg.org/image/n3ahqjgql/
Finally it is worth noting it has been difficult but not impossible to get credit to independent journalists for blowing up this story. I appreciate Bob Collins at Minnesota Public Radio’s Newscut for engaging on Twitter when we pressed him on the issue of crediting the story, and including references to Sam’s original medium.com story, while the Star Tribune and AP did not credit Sam at all. (Although the Strib has been communicative recently and I have some hope they will circle back within a few days).
TRACK YR OWN SPYPLANEZ! Lemonodor: 47m47 minutes ago
Here is Lemonodor’s public index, May 27 version, you can find the link from here: SOURCE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1z3gEODujLqIHhoKRxGuUrTA7n2gVX535…
I should also add there is a particular system for blocking these aircraft tracking systems; see Selective Unblocking – Track Blocked Tail Numbers ✈ FlightAware
Additionally I suspect “CHAPPARRAL AIR GROUP” may be another front, they got a craft from the DEA: N540DB. see Helicopter Flying Above Claycord on Thursday Afternoon —claycord CLAYCORD.com: “A google search of the tail ID can help you confirm this also, where you will find no shortage of photographs of this specific aircraft operating out of Concord and San Jose. Note that the federal government recently (2011) transferred registration of 15 Federal law enforcement helicopters out of the names of the Department of Justice, DEA, to an entity in Texas called the Chaparral Air Group.”
Before the story broke we had a bunch of diggings, now it’s time to share! MORE RELATED RAW DATA:
NOTE there are some false positives and general “NOISE” in here, please proceed with discernment!!!
GARY WEBB WOULD BE PROUD OF ALL YOU LOLCATS!
They would have gotten away with it, if not for the meddling kidz!
This was a turbo quick writeup – if you have anything to add or crucial corrections please reach out to twitter.com/hongpong or email hongpong AT hongpong.com. THANKS!