Now here’s one for the UFO lovers and government conspiracy theorists, but read on. I think I might have an explanation…
Mystery aircraft have been in the air for weeks and have residents of Quincy MA spooked, but the FAA isn’t giving any information other than saying that, “The flights are authorized.”
Here’s video from the local CBS Boston news:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1raYLuXC4-c?rel=0]
from CBS Boston:
Sources tell WBZ that the aircraft is not a drone, that it is manned. FAA spokesman Jim Peters would only say, “We have to be very careful this time” concerning information.
Even the Mayor has been kept in the dark. “We’re as frustrated as our constituents,” said Mayor Tom Koch. “We’d like to be able to give our citizens some answers, but we don’t have any answers.”
Obviously when the federal government wants to keep something quiet, they keep it very quiet. In this case, they wouldn’t even say how long it would continue flying for.
“The FBI does not comment on aerial activity,” a statement from the bureau said.
In the meantime, neighbors are complaining the plane is keeping them up at night.
“This strong humming sound as you look up and you go, ‘Oh there she goes again.’ It goes all the way around, comes all the way back, keeps going at 5 o’clock in the morning,” one resident told WBZ NewsRadio.
“We have to be very careful this time”? What does that even mean. Meanwhile, the folks over at Boston.com think they have the type of plane identified.
Photos of one of the planes that have been flying over Quincy show that, despite suspicions, the aircraft is not a drone.
The Cessna single-engine airplane, which residents have captured in photos, has been flying overhead for weeks, turning circles around the Quincy and Milton air space.
Although people have gotten a better look at what the plane is, it’s still unclear what it’s doing or who’s doing it.
“We’ve received a couple more phone calls and the response is the same,” said Christopher Walker, spokesperson for Mayor Thomas Koch. “The FAA confirmed that it is a sanctioned flight, and there is no information beyond that.”
FAA spokespeople have said the aircraft is not a drone, but refused to elaborate on the machine’s purpose.
The tail number, N906TM, which can be seen in one photo, is registered to a company called RKT Productions. The only information that could be found on the company is a post office box in Bristow, Va.
A spokesman for the nearest airport, Manassas Regional Airport, had never heard of the company and said the plane did not fly out of that airport.
But Quincy residents say there is more than one aircraft flying overhead.
My own search for RKT Productions turns up an address in Washington DC as well as the aircraft registration in Virginia. Actually, according to the FAA website, RKT Productions has 3 different Cesna planes registered to it, and there are multiple Cessnas registered 3-letter “production” companies in Bristow Virginia.
So, who is flying Cessna airplanes over the skies of Quincy? My educated guess is the FBI. Check out this Wired article from a few of years ago:
A mysterious Delaware company’s single-engine light aircraft may soon be circling the sky near you.
Last year, residents of Lodi, California noticed a tiny Cessna 182 moving in slow circles over their small town, just circling and circling for at least a month.
The Lodi News-Sentinel got a hold of a picture of the mystery plane, checked its tail number with the FAA and traced it to the Northwest Aircraft Leasing Corp. in Newark, Delaware. The listed address, reporters found, was a mail drop.
The plane was spotted shortly after the FBI moved in on suspected al Qaeda associates living in the area.
Quincy is 20 minutes from Boston and 30 minutes to Watertown, where the marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt just took place. Law enforcement officials in that case have indicated on several occasions that there are likely more suspects that just the Tsarnaev brothers. These flights likely indicate that the FBI is keeping tabs on somebody in Quincy.