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US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) Daha Fazlası...

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cleardestination
remember the song For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield......"paranoia strikes deep , into your life it will creep"
indy2001
indy2001 7
I guess it was lucky that I was only interested in commercial aviation when I used to write to Boeing, Douglas, Lockheed, and the various airlines for photos when I was a kid. Then again, commercial espionage is a serious business too.
KenFA1
Ken Carpenter 3
Knew Bob as a fellow Commemorative Air Force member. As an Air Force vet of the 1960s like Bob, wonder how my schoolboy requests for pictures from Boeing, Douglas and others in the 1950s affected security clearance process. Bob gets a final laugh from the beyond given the media attention to his story.
kenoraeagle
DAVID MCKIE 3
Ahhh! The good Old Days. It was fun to write to companies for photos, free samples or just information. And you got a response. Still have some of my old aircraft photos and still am fascinated with flight.
anagle
Adrian Nagle 3
I did the same as a teenager. I have a 5 foot wide poster of an F-15E I received from McDonnell Douglas that hangs in my office. I received great info from McDonnell Douglas, Grumman, Northrop. I think Lockheed dissed me with only an SR-71 photo.
wecrooker2
Put me on that list too. Even worse I was requesting photos of planes from the major airlines in the mid 1950's.
gccooley
gary mitchell 2
Many American kids were serious aircraft fans as kids, to an extent I still am.
paul8626
Paul Smith 2
Please clarify your s atement. Are you still an aircraft fan or still a kid at heart. Either way that's great!
hildahippo2000
hildahippo2000 2
I don't get it.. When I was a teenager in the early eighties (in India!), my friends and I would write to Boeing, Lockheed and others for pictures, and would almost always get these gorgeous glossy prints to tape to the wall. For aviation-crazy kids, this was heady stuff. If the FBI sent agents to India investigate us, I sure hope they got a hardship allowance for their trouble.
rmfg
Rob Gibbs 2
I wrote Gulfstream when the GV came out for a pic they sent .E 5 pics and a couple posters
Ratorres
Ralph Torres 1
Yep, I too would write to the various aircraft manufacturers for photos. I thought that the best were from Douglas, they'd send individual photos with plenty of info on thier planes ranging from the early days to then current.
weatherguy1
Al Mongeon 1
I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for many, many years. He was truly a man of many coats. Not very well known, but Bob wrote for the man's magazine venue for a number of years. his specialty such as it was - UFO fiction.
yakc130
Doug Zalud 1
Yep. I can vouch for some of these things. Bob was a decent guy that could provide pretty good entertainment at times.

He just loved airplanes, and was lucky enough to get paid doing something he loved.
Topper1
W S Webb 1
I applied to Navy ROTC. FBI was all over my neighborhood. Did a good job scaring everybody. But that's their job. My only crime was listening to a naval recruiter. Big deal.
patpylot
patrick baker 1
somebody explain what obtaining commercially available photos of commercial airliners does to help anybody commit spying? The "security folks" were stretching credulity here and other places too
RECOR10
RECOR10 0
Years go I wrote one letter, to Cessna. My father was purchasing a Citation X for his company...somehow, I got more information, photos and brochures than my father received - and I was about twelve. Just is not the same when someone in the modern world says "it is online". Online will never have the smell of the glossy multi-page brochure I was sent.
brocknanson
Brock Nanson -3
1954: A school kid is investigated several times as a potential spy because he wants photographs. 2017: The President and his buddies are up to their neck in potential Russian improprieties and nobody seems to care. How things have changed... which is crazier?
k9wrangler
Karl Scribner 6
Believing current media hysteria based upon hatred and paranoia are totally crazy.
RECOR10
RECOR10 3
Never let reality get into the way of delusional people. There simply is no reasoning with them (ever seen One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest?)
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
More relevant than ever.

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