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US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for PhotosBy 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) More...
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remember the song For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield......"paranoia strikes deep , into your life it will creep"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put me on that list too. Even worse I was requesting photos of planes from the major airlines in the mid 1950's.