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  •  Consulate/embassy and DC-3 request (2+ / 0-)
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    memester2012, IdaMena2

    They have LESS THAN NOTHING. They leaked classified info. And the security was requested in Tripoli NOT Benghazi. And the plane they wanted, a DC-3, is a pre-WWII cargo plane. I shit you not.

    •  Oh, you mean this plane featured in Wired? (0+ / 0-)
      Diplomatic Air Force
      Special Operations Command
      isn't the only organization that requires an anonymous, dependable transport for flying in and out of war zones. The U.S. State Department operates 70-year-old Douglas DC-3 cargo planes in support of its far-flung diplomatic outposts in such places as Libya and Iraq.

      Upgraded with new engines, the World War II-era DC-3s still aren't very fast -- 150 miles per hour or so -- but they can take off and land pretty much anywhere. A DC-3 was on call to support Christoper Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in the months before he was killed in a September terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

      The ancient but effective transports are part of the little-known Department of State Air Wing, which possesses 230 aircraft and, according to aviation journalist David Cenciotti, performs missions including "reconnaissance and surveillance operations, command and control for counter-narcotics operations, interdiction operations, logistical support, medical evacuation [and] personnel and cargo movement by air."

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