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I came across a photo a few days ago of a very interesting Hughes 500 that might have been operated by the most secretive of C.I.A. units, codenamed Seaspray. I started up a thread on ARC and it has a link to the photo in question. This unit has existed since around 1980 but I think this might be the very first photo of one of their Hughes 500s to come into the public domain. Have a look if you like exotic helicopters;


http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=242326


I hope this is of interest. Thanks.


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According to Wings of the CIA by Frederic Lert, the Seaspray MD500 were used for in and out ops in Beirut during the early 80s.
 

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500 Fan said:
I came across a photo a few days ago of a very interesting Hughes 500 that might have been operated by the most secretive of C.I.A. units, codenamed Seaspray. I started up a thread on ARC and it has a link to the photo in question. This unit has existed since around 1980 but I think this might be the very first photo of one of their Hughes 500s to come into the public domain. Have a look if you like exotic helicopters;


http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=242326


I hope this is of interest. Thanks.


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There were photos published in the 1980s in either Newsweek or US news and World report as part of the reporting on Yellow Fruit. One photo showed a white civilian 500 with planks in a banked turn.

Fun fact: SEASPRAY was the black unit, TF160 was the cover!
 

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Thanks for that info. It'd be nice to see those photos. If anyone has a copy of the magazines mentioned, please share if possible. Thanks.

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I can't get to that link. Googling Seaspray though got some good pics at the drive.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/22879/this-ghost-of-a-helicopter-likely-had-a-secret-role-in-reagans-tear-down-this-wall-speech

Which reminded me of the Quiet one, which I believe is discussed elsewhere on this board.

https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-cia-built-a-special-helicopter-to-sneak-into-north-vietnam-b1bb0ea35a7b

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