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Old 12-03-2015, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by SPEMack618 View Post
They were Air Force pilots on contract to the CIA. They were civvies while in Pakistan and un-adorned pressure suits, but were drawing their pay from the USAF.
Expanding on this response, the story I heard from a former Blackbird ground crewman that does tours at a military museum nearby my house is that the CIA stopped using their own pilots after the Francis Gary Powers incident because captured military personnel were afforded certain protections via international treaty that didn't extend to captured civilians.

On an unrelated note, am I the only one upset by the fact that the new Terminator movie's opening sequence essentially just retconned the entirety of Salvation completely out of existence with no explanation given?
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