Normally the sight of an airplane flying over the area wouldn’t be a big deal, but when a Boeing 757 keeps circling the Arkansas River Valley at almost the same time each night, people are beginning to ask questions.
Social media users in Logan and Franklin Counties continue to post about the plane, and their questions keep pointing toward the airliner that has been seen every day this week, mainly in areas over Charleston, Booneville and Greenwood, east of Fort Chaffee.
The 757 is based at Majors Field, the municipal airport in Greenville, Texas. It is registered to Helena, Montana based L-3 Communications Advanced Aviation LLC. On Thursday September 14, the plane went on a one hour, 15-minute jaunt circling above the greater Greenville area over 15 times. It made a similar 36-minute flight on Friday, circling Greenville yet again.
On Monday of this week, the trips to Arkansas started.
The plane left Greenville at 2:44 p.m. and flew directly over Waldron. It would circle the area between State Highway 10 and State Highway 22 countless times, before immediately returning to the airport in Texas four hours and 46 minutes after it left.
Tuesday’s trip was a shorter morning jaunt, lasting two hours and 24 minutes. It would again circle between Greenwood and Charleston over and over, then returning to Greenville. The similar trip on Wednesday that took the same route, circling Greenwood and Charleston, was still going on at the time of this writing.
According to Wikipedia, L3 Technologies, formerly L-3 Communications Holdings, is an American company that supplies command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems and products. According to the article, customers include the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, aerospace contractors, and telecommunications customers.
The company has made no efforts to hide who they are, what they do, or where their planes fly. “Located in Greenville, Texas, L3 Mission Integration is an industry leader in the missionization, modernization and maintenance of aircraft and ground systems, with more than 65 years of experience in developing complex intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; command and control systems; and secure communications”
This article is definitely not the first time this airplane has been in the spotlight. It has attracted enough attention from interested parties that there is a web page dedicated to finding out more about it.
The site’s organizers know it flies a lot of random flights, but they haven’t ever figured out why either.
And more than likely, neither will we.