SAM: In Search of Agent Kilo

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  1. timk519

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    2009-06-01 Introduction, Orders Received

    My ID is S.A.M., and I work as a field agent for an organization I'll just call "The Agency". Over the course of my career, some of my exploits have been so notorious the Agency's cover story resulted in a number of copycat "reality" shows in the entertainment industry.

    However, time fears no man, and eventually I had to retire to a somewhat more subdued lifestyle as an Agency consultant, which in realspeak means I was put out to pasture. While I was out making the world safe for democracy, there was a sea change of attitude at The Agency with the thought that we should be "kinder and gentler" in how we did our work, and this old spy-horse's rather (ahem) dynamic style didn't fit into their plans anymore.

    And then, one day, I received the following communique:

    From: HQ - Operations Section
    To: S.A.M. 50615
    Re: Recall to active duty


    A mission profile has developed which requires your unique skills and background. The profile details are as follows:

    • Agent Kilo has gone missing during a survey of agency safehouses and has not been heard from for three reporting cycles. Agent Kilo has in their possession a "package" which is critical to an Agency mission, and will become contaminated and useless unless it's located in time and returned to Agency control.
    • Since Agent Kilo did not complete their mission, we need you to trace Agent Kilo's path and complete Kilo's mission.
    • Time is of the essence, you have three months to bring this mission to a successful completion.

    Owing to your current status, the character profile we've developed for you is that of a middle-aged IT professional. Due to the nature of your mission and current budget considerations, your usual mission-spec vehicle will not be available. Instead, the motor-pool has developed a vehicular configuration which will meet both the mission requirements and our budget constraints. You will find your vehicle keys in the attached envelope.

    After I checked it for booby-traps, I opened the attached envelope, and found this:
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    That could only mean one thing ...I had to make my trip with this:
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    In other words, I was going to be a flipping two-wheeled road train! No smoke screen, no oil slicks, no heat-seeking missiles, no radar, no stealth mode, and no hot women! I suppose I could be thankful for small things, since this was a recon mission, I'd have to carry a fair bit of imagery gear with me... they actually gave me a secure way to carry it:

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    Will wonders never cease?

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  2. timk519

    timk519 Long timer

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    From: HQ Control
    To: S.A.M. 51605
    Date: 2009-06-02
    Re: Time is ticking away

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    and soon - time'll be up!

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    (Did I ever mention how those characters at HQ Control have a rather strange sense of humor? This is their way of telling me to get a move-on...)

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  3. timk519

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    2009-06-05.1 Shutdown, Turnoff

    The bike's packed, I've just made the final arrangements for keeping homebase secure - the time has come to shutdown and turn off everything in sight.....because it's time to hit the road!


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    So, HQ, get off my back!

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  4. timk519

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    2009-06-05 Kitchener ON to Gatineau QC - Launch!

    After collecting my gear and getting the transportation ready, it was time to make a short shakedown run around town before leaving Kitchener and heading out to the first safehouse located in
    Gatineau, Quebec.

    The bean-counters at HQ live in a world where every bean must be accounted for, so the odometer and clock reading is all for them.
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    Next I had to check in with Director of Advanced Directives (aka D.A.D.):
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    By way of comparison, the Matron Of Mystery (M.O.M.) lives in a highly classified world. If any imagery was traced back to me, it would quickly result in my taking up permanent residence in a small, windowless room for an extended period of time.

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    And then I was off! With standard practice at the start of every mission required making sure the equipment was working properly, so the following images are me running the camera through it's paces while en-route to the first safe-house.


    First, some local topography:
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    then some infrastructure - there've been an accumulation of large cranes and heavy equipment gathered at this location for the better part of a year:
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    and then - paydirt! A truckload of government agents on the prowl make for an excellent check to see if my cover would hold, and check out my vehicle-to-vehicle shooting capabilities!

    First I had to get past their standing instructions:
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    and then sneak up and snap a shot of the agent before he could go to stealth mode:
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    and then make my escape.... victory! Bwahahahah.

    The rest of the day was pretty quiet - I got some more infrastructure shots:
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    and then, just for fun, some geographical markers:
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    before I encountered another rider using a smaller version of my ride:

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    He didn't think much of me, which meant my cover was holding up and I was fitting in with the natives.

    Overall, the weather was good, the air was fresh, and everything worked as expected - you got to love it when all conditions are nominal. :clap

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  5. Cordless

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    Son, Um, Agent Mitty?

    Crawl down off the porch roof before you hurt yourself or the cat.

    (keep it coming)
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  6. ScottDill

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    good start...interesting technique....keep it up Tim.
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  7. timk519

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    2009-06-06 Gatineau QC: Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

    On arrival at the Gatineau safe-house, it didn't take long to de-brief the local agent and determine that Agent Kilo was no-where to be found. However, he was investigating a target of opportunity the next day, which would make for an excellent opportunity for some first-class sneaking and peaking.

    It sounded like fun to me, so we made plans, caught up on other business, and called it a night.



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  8. timk519

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    2009-06-06.1 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

    I'm sure the open-house imagery must've made the agents in Archaeological & Historical Section wet their pants.

    There were engines:

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    and bombs:

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    and aircraft similar to the ones that helped sink the
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    there were also Hurricanes:

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    and sparkly things:

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    a colorful
    Yak-52:

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    Some four-wheeled critters managed to sneak in as well:

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    I think they wanted to check out this "Beep Beep!" of an aircraft:

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  9. timk519

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    2009-06-06.2 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

    Some old warbirds were on display:
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    an old bomber:
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    a stunt plane:
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    Rumor has it this bird's pilot stopped in for lunch and an airshow ... er... open house broke out:
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    :lol3 Thanks for what has got to be the most hilarious first comment I've ever read on a RR. :clap More coming as ordered! :devildog
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    Fun!:clap
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    2009-06-06.3 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

    and then there was some aerobatics - at least that was their cover story:

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    followed by some ground-level stealthery:

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  13. timk519

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    2009-06-06.4 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

    And then a
    Corsair and Mustang went out for some reconnaissance:

    Start 'em up!

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    Stepping out:


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    Moseying down to the end of the runway:

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    And then head for the hills!

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    Who'se prettier?

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    Return to base all too soon:

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    Obey the little guy with the funny mittens:

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    Before doing a side-by-side pose-down for the crowds:

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    This is a truly well polished aircraft:

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    2009-06-06.5 Sneaking and Peeking in Gatineau QC

    Then a pair of
    Russian Yak-52's decided they could show the Corsair and Mustang a thing or two...

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    The take-off was in formation:

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    The white Yak came down after a couple of fly-arounds:

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    while the Red Yak-52 put on an impressive show all it's own:

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    and then came down looking for Ms White Yak.....

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    so he could show off for the lady:

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    I didn't get the impression Ms White Yak was very impressed.
    :lol3
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  16. timk519

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    2009-06-07 Smith Falls QC Fly-in

    Having successfully infiltrated one "open house", it was time for another. An intel update indicated that there'd be a fly-in at the Smith Falls airport to check out.

    First, a bit of the airport's history:

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    Security at the fly-in was remarkably lax - I even managed to get some shots of their stealth aircraft:

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    and catch the locals observing an incoming aircraft:

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    An example of their airborn amphibious capability:

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    An aircraft with attitude:

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    "The Other woman":

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    This little guy did some sneaking and peeking of it's own:

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    And - I even managed to find the lair of some aircraft I'd spotted the day before. HQ'll love this...

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    Meanwhile, sneaky-copter snuck up on behind me, which gave me cause to wonder if my cover was blown.

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    All for naught - it was interested in something else...

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    Going against regs and trying something artsy -

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    It wasn't all aircraft - some other vehicles managed to gain entrance to the area:

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    There was even a buzzed bike powered hemp-based beer:

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    All in all it was a quiet day although there was suspicious display of aerobatics.

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    2009-06-08.1 Near Packenham Ontario

    After I'd logged my Gatineau imaging data, I took off for the Agency safe-house in
    Pakenham Ontario which was the home base of Agents Delta and Holiday, and a heaping helping sample of some of the big fields and trees that populate Ontario's country and farm land:

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    Signs of civil unrest?

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    A sample of local infrastructure:

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    The
    RCMP breed the horses used in their musical ride at their Pakenham Breeding Farm:

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    but they discourage interaction with visitors....

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    After leaving the breeding farm, these horses either go to the
    RCMP Musical Ride stables at the Rockcliffe Park Equestrian Centre or they go up for auction.








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  18. timk519

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    2009-06-08.2 Packenham Infrastructure, Park, and Church

    After the debrief at home base, Agent Holiday took me to check out some local infrastructure:

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    After we finished the infrastructure shoots, Agent Holiday took me to another location that needed imaging. We started with someone fishing on the peninsula:

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    A sailboat puttering back into port carrying - contraband? Opposing agents?

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    another angle at the fisherman - although I'm starting to wonder what this person's really about.

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    Some of what I shoot was a bit contradictory:

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    Can you see the contradiction? If not, take a closer look:

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    Some local domiciles:

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    There's jungle growth to be found everywhere you go:

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    I've never seen tower cladding like this, so I had to shoot this church:

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    Before returning back to the park we passed through a cemetery behind the church:

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    before returning to the park above our lone fisherman:

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    Looking at this picture now, I can't help but wonder if this fisherman's real, or if his fishing rod's a decoy for something else.
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  19. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Mustang! :clap

    Cool to see it in RCAF livery :thumb

    You know I love aircraft!
    Is that a permanent museum in Gateneau?
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  20. timk519

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    Yes - it's at http://vintagewings.ca.

    AFAIK, the hanger full of vintage aircraft at Smith Falls was part of a private collection.

    And if you love these aircraft, wait until later in the trip. :wink:
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