ARMED FORCES: The Bird & the Watcher

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In the Convair plant at San Diego one day last December, a mysterious piece of hardware was carefully cantilevered down from a vertical position inside a closely guarded seven-story shed. Draped in a white canvas shroud, lashed to a yellow, tubular steel trailer, the top-secret cargo was hauled out onto U.S. Highway 80 to begin a 2,500-mile trip across the southern U.S. As it rolled over the mountains, across the plains and into the towns, it looked like a wrapped-up oil tank. Nothing betrayed the presence of the most monstrous...

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