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Air Mobility Command Removes Tail Numbers and Unit Info from Planes, Alarming WatchdogsAir Mobility Command has directed its refueling and cargo planes to obscure the majority of identifying information painted on the aircraft, citing national security concerns -- an unusual move that is alarming to government watchdogs. James Stewart, a spokesman for Air Mobility Command, told Military.com in an emailed statement that airmen's missions take them around the globe and often involve sensitive movements of cargo -- the main reason behind the change. (www.military.com) More...
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With the cameras that are available you can pick a number up from miles away. Make that they have to get up close like do with the ships.
Kind of funny. If they want to know what's happening maybe they ought to join the army and wonder where their bags are going when it's a standby to go hehehe. Germany was good for if you want to see a spy from the east just look around the Frankfurt airport fence.
It will just make it harder for people to find out what's going where, especially when they change their callsign enroute.
Security is paramount... We have to protect our Service men
this does nothing to accomplish that
When I first came in MAC aircraft was painted in the Euro 1 livery. The American flag, MAC, and tail number was the only thing on the tail. The unit number was at the front and that was it. When we changed to AMC that's when they added the aircraft's assigned base to the tail and changed to an all gray livery. At least keep the tail number.
If AMC is doing it, then ACC may as well do it. And go back to removing any nose art on all aircraft. That would be a great morale booster, not.