Apr 19, 2017 I Brett Tingley

Strange Aircraft Sightings Amid Submarine Rumors in California

Things are getting weird. But then again, when in history have they not been? North Korean numbers stations have begun broadcasting cryptic messages assigning “homework” to their clandestine services. According to the South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency, these messages list what sounds like a series of math problems out of a textbook:

(I'm) giving review works in elementary information technology lessons of the remote education university for No. 27 expedition agents. [...] No. 69 on page 823, No. 92 on page 467 and No. 100 on page 957....

The transmission was heard on the DPRK’s propaganda station, Radio Pyongyang and began shortly after 1:15 a.m. (Seoul time) on  April 14th. Pretty late for a homework assignment. Meanwhile, rumors have circulated that a North Korean submarine might be lurking unseen off the coast of California. These rumors - and they still are simply that - are based on radar data and flight plans of reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft circling above the waters between Los Angeles and Mexico. I mean, that is a little spooky on its own, although there’s always that these are merely conducting drills or monitoring for narco subs.

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Flight data shows one of the Navy's Lockheed EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft circling at sea.

To make things perhaps a little spookier, an unusual, unknown aircraft has been spotted at the Southern California Logistics Airport, a non-commercial airstrip which services military flights and has hosted autonomous vehicle tests for DARPA. Images of the aircraft were posted to a Stack Exchange aviation forum, sparking the curiosity of users. Several users commented that the plane is likely some sort of prototype since there are no windows for passengers, while others speculated it might simply be a movie prop.

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Sure looks like a missile.

There is the possibility that it could be some sort of experimental new “missile with a man in it” microjet designed to counter anti-aircraft systems. It seems unlikely, however, that the military would put an experimental weapon in such plain sight - unless, of course, they’re worried about attention from spy satellites at their usual testing grounds. While it’s likely just an aerospace engineering firm’s new prototype out for a test flight, taking a bird’s eye view of the sighting alongside the other military mysteries and aircraft anomalies in the Pacific is enough to make you want to stock up on potassium iodide for your doomsday bunker.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains.

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