This airplane was parked at the Casper/Natrona County airport over the weekend.

It's rather unusual when you look at the details.

If you look closer at the airplane you'll notice some modifications.

Does anything stand out to you?

The first of this airplane model rolled off the line in the 1960s.

They are no longer being produced.

It was originally designed as a flight trainer.

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer designed and produced in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It is the most widely used jet trainer in the world; in addition to performing basic and advanced pilot training, it has also flown combat missions in a light-attack role. Unusually, the aircraft never received a NATO reporting name. (Wikipedia).

But this plane is not a flight trainer anymore.

A closer look reveals some unique modifications.

Notice the ball under for the camera and more.

attachment-Survalence Plane Casper Wyoming Photo By Glenn Woods camera

The purpose is to take video and pictures, and probably in the inferred range, maybe more.

The back seat window is tinted and even more tinted at the top of the canopy, so the camera operator can see his screens.

The owner of this airplane is listed as COASTAL DEFENSE INC MILL HALL, PA, US.

It might just be passing through.

So its mission, at this time, is to surveil what, exactly?

No idea. Nobody at the airport knew and if they did they weren't talking.

Want to go for a ride in one of these birds? Watch the video below.

It would have been nice to hang around to meet the pilot and camera operator.

They might have described their missions as totally innocent.

But what's the fun in that?

Let's put out tin hats on.

Wyoming Has Polish MiGs for Ukraine

Not long after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the was talk of Poland giving Ukraine some of their MiG fighter planes.

Poland is now part of NATO. So they were willing to part with the older Russian planes for newer and more hi-tech Western planes.

For several reasons, the deal fell through. Ukraine will not get the planes.

HEY Ukraine!
If you're still interested, Wyoming has a few old Polish MiGs we would be happy to give you.

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