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NOVEMBER 18, 2005

www.chapelhill.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/17207.php AND chapelhill.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/17197.php

BREAKING SCOOP IN NORTH CAROLINA ... Developing ... [Smithfield, North Carolina, Nov. 18, 2005] Tarheels won't be put under the boot heel of Big Brother. They were well represented among the 60 protestors of CIA torture flights out of Smithfield, NC. Fourteen protesters were arrested Friday for trespassing at the Johnston County Airport near Smithfield. They gathered to protest the use of the airport by a company that reportedly shuttles prisoners to torture and nonjudicial confinement for the CIA. Channel 5 (WRAL-TV) in Raleigh is doing a good job of covering the story.

HERE IS --- "THE REST OF THE STORY," as Paul Harvey would say. You can inform yourself far, far beyond the regular mainstream media (see below).

The group targeted Aero Contractors Limited, a company located on the airport grounds. News organizations, including Indymedia chapelhill.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/17197.php, have reported that planes for secret CIA rendition (kidnap-torture) flights originate from the airport.

Of course the CIA says that it does not conduct renditions.

THE CIA PILOT'S EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

Aero Contractors, Ltd, is one of the real (as opposed to shell) companies tied to the CIA. It owns no planes, according to the FAA's registry database, but its operation in eastern North Carolina is perhaps the main hub of the CIA airline. Another hub is the Camp([search]) Peary Naval Reservation, "the Farm" near Williamsburg, VA, which the CIA uses for training and other purposes. (Is this the "family farm" where the DCIA, Porter Goss, hopes to retire soon?) Still another is the Bob Sikes Field airport in Florida, which Tepper Aviation operates from as discussed later. And then there is Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, which is a hub of government activity of all kinds.

All of those CIA prison plane flights that are so much in the news lately? Here is the typical flight plan: Johnston County, NC, to Dulles (to pick up CIA personnel), to Sweden (or some other country with a sizable Muslim population), to some destination in the Middle East or North Africa -- one of the countries that torture as a part of interrogations.

AERO CONTRACTORS HISTORY

Aero Contractors, Ltd, was founded in 1979 by the late (he "bought the farm" near Johnston County Airport in 2001), Jim "Peg Leg" Rhyne, who was one of the chief pilots of Air America, the CIA's airline of the Vietnam era, which has been succeeded by Aero Contractors and about a dozen other companies.

The current proprietor (president) of Aero Contractors is Stormin' Norman Richardson, an old hand at the "hospitality" business. Richardson once operated a truck stop (Stormin' Norman's) and apparently operates a Stormin' Norman's chicken-and-ribs joint in his home town of Kenly, NC. Richardson appears to be a figurehead at the company, more involved in his chicken-and-ribs business, since almost all public contact is with Robert W. Blowers, the assistant general manager, who has actually run the company since about 1994.
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Dun and Bradstreet lists Aero Contractors' business as "aircraft rental with pilot." This company probably is the primary supplier of pilots for CIA-owned and -operated planes chapelhill.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/17197.php. It has no planes of its own, but has claimed to lease them from Premier Executive Transport, a well known CIA front company (whose planes have been moved to other holding companies). As a supplier of planes to Aero and the CIA, Premier has been supplanted by the other shell companies shown in the CIA plane-ownership table chapelhill.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/17197.php .

Aero Contractors has no website and does no advertising for business, apparently getting all it needs from the CIA, the military, and possibly other government agencies. It is, however, a real company with premises and about 80 employees.

The company operates out a blue hangar at the south end of the 5500-ft runway, at the end of Charlie Day St, at Johnston County Airport (identifier code JNX) near Raleigh, NC. This fact makes the Johnston County Airport a hub, perhaps the hub, of CIA air operations. Its address is 3463 Swift Creek Rd, Smithfield, NC 27577.


AERO CONTRACTORS PLAYS GAMES WITH THE PLANES

Interestingly, although the company has no planes registered, the Kinston (NC) Free Press newspaper reported that the "Smithfield charter plane company" was building a 20,000-square-foot, $2 million hangar at the Kinston Regional Jetport TO STORE *ITS* BOEING 737 BUSINESS JET! This apparently is a reference to THE *CIA'S* (not Aero's) 737, Boeing serial number 33010, N-number 4476S (currently owned under the cover of the Nevada shell company Keeler and Tate Management, LLC, which shares an address and telephone with former US Senator and Reagan "First Friend" Paul Laxalt).

In an article published on March 9, 2005, Aero's assistant general manager, Robert W. Blowers, told the Raleigh News & Observer that "Aero Contractors, which operates from a blue hangar at the Johnston airport, leased the jets for about a year, in about 2002 or 2003, from Massachusetts-based Premier Executive Transport Services, Blowers said." The same article reported: "Aero Contractors let its leases with Premier Executive expire about a year ago, Blowers said. Aero Contractors no longer offers jets for its clients and instead leases turboprop planes, he said." newsobserver.com/news/story/2192261p-8573362c.html

Though Blowers said that Aero let its jet leases expire about March 2004, the Goldsboro (NC) News Argus reported two months *after* that, quote, "...a 20,000-square-foot hangar is being built by Aero Contractors, an aircraft charter company. It will house a Boeing Business Jet 737-700 aircraft." 64.233.161.104/search Why build a hangar when you no longer have the plane (the CIA's 737)?

Including the 737 owned by the dummy Keeler and Tate, Aero Contractors operates about 20 planes, probably mostly drawn from the 27-plane roster of CIA planes (one of which is the Boston Red Sox executive jet) shown in the table, plus about 26 of its own, mostly small Cessnas. It also provides avionics modification and repair services as well as pilots.

PLANESPOTTER'S GUIDE TO AERO CONTRACTORS

Planespotter hobbyists use high-power binoculars at the end of runways to record the comings and goings of specific planes at airports around the world, and post sightings and photos on websites like www.airliners.net/ . For example searching that site for the CIA's 737, tail No. N4476S, you can find that it was in Prague this year and you can see a photo of it during a takeoff in Spain the day after the Madrid terrorist attack last year. The Prague sighting alone belies the claims that the CIA does not conduct prison plane flights to Eastern Europe.

Planespotters monitor the radio transmissions to and from these planes around the world and at CIA hubs like the Johnston County Airport near Smithfield, North Carolina, where they contact the airport on 122.8 MHz and the Raleigh approach-and-departure controllers on 125.8 MHz. Sites like www.airnav.com/airport/ give the frequencies for the vast majority of the world's airports. Note: Reporting the sighting of airplanes is legal; reporting the *content* of radio transmissions is not. Merely listening to communications using an ordinary receiver that covers the aviation frequencies is legal and helps planespotters get photographs and record activities of desired planes.


Of course the CIA says that it does not conduct renditions.


Since the runway at Johnston County is too short to accommodate the CIA 737, Aero Contractors operates that plane out of the Kinston Regional Jetport (identifier code ISO) near Kinston, NC (Lenoir county), which has an 11,500-ft runway. Aero Contractors stored the $50-million-plus aircraft outside at the North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP) site of the jetport, pending completion of the hangar. The GTP is a failed state-run industrial park for aviation-dependent businesses that includes the jetport. Aero has only a handful of employees at this location next to Mountain Air Cargo, at the end of Jetport Rd (2780 Jetport Rd, Suite A, Kinston, NC 28504-8032), which may be the headquarters of the management.

If you take a Delta Airlines commuter flight to Kinston (from Atlanta), you might get a glimpse of the CIA's 737 (N33010) on the ground, or of its Gulfstream V, N44982 (serial number 581). You might see any of the CIA planes (except the 737) at Johnston County, especially the planes of CIA aircraft holding companies Aviation Specialties and Stevens Express Leasing. This is because Aero Contractors is their main source of pilots.

The CIA frequently changes the N-numbers. It also creates new companies as needed to provide cover, and plays a shell game with the shell companies, shifting the planes from one company to another.


When the CIA-owned Gulfstream V heads overseas to snatch a victim, it takes off from the Johnston County Airport (JNX) at Smithville, NC, stops at the Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia (near Washington, DC) to pick up the snatch team, and heads overseas. Frequently it stops at the Shannon Airport in Ireland for refueling.

For other jobs and other planes (the 737, for example), there is sometimes a stop at the CAMP PEARY LANDING STRIP (W94), about 2 miles NE of Queens Lake, Virginia, before heading for Dulles. Camp Peary is just east of the route 143/Williamsburg exit of Interstate 64. From Queens Drive in Queens Lake, you can see the planes landing or taking off. If you happened to be "fishing" on the York River, you would pass within a few meters of runway 23 about a mile and a half north of the outlet of the Queen Creek. The landing strip is within the Camp Peary Naval Reservation. All of this is in southeastern Virginia, just east of Williamsburg, a town famous for its historical restorations. The coastal plain of Virginia and neighboring North Carolina, a limited area with a width of up to about 100 miles, has most of the main centers of CIA aviation and other activities.


The CIA's Gulfstream, N44982 (ex-N379P), and other Aero Contractors planes except the 737 can operate out of the Johnston County Airport (JNX) in North Carolina. Other frequent visitors to JNX are the planes of CIA aircraft holding companies (see table) AVIATION SPECIALTIES, INC.; STEVENS EXPRESS LEASING, INC.; DEVON HOLDING AND LEASING, INC.; and CIA contractor (plane owner-operator) AVIATION WORLDWIDE SERVICES / PRESIDENTIAL AVIATION. The JNX airport uses the following communications channels (frequencies are in megahertz, MHz).

Of course the CIA says that it does not conduct renditions.

JOHNSTON COUNTY AIRPORT, NORTH CAROLINA, (JNX) FREQUENCIES (per www.airnav.com)

CTAF/UNICOM: 122.8
RALEIGH APPROACH: 125.3
RALEIGH DEPARTURE: 125.3


The CIA airline's flagship, Boeing 737 N4476S, operates out of the Kinston Regional Jetport (KISO). Kinston uses these frequencies (megahertz, MHz):


KINSTON REGIONAL JETPORT, NORTH CAROLINA, (ISO) FREQUENCIES

CTAF: 120.6
UNICOM: 122.95
KINSTON GROUND: 121.9 [0630-2200]
KINSTON TOWER: 120.6 335.55 [0630-2200]
SEYMOUR JOHNSON APPROACH: 127.3
SEYMOUR JOHNSON DEPARTURE: 127.3

* COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDED BY NEW BERN RADIO ON FREQ 122.15R.
* APCH/DEP SVC PRVDD BY WASHINGTON ARTCC (NEW BERN RCAG) ON FREQ 135.5/272.75 WHEN APCH CTL CLSD.
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