A recap. Some “things” that pop up in the Duncan Hunter books are from the labs of Quiet Aero Systems, Hunter’s little business venture and former CIA front company. I made reference to Ian Fleming’s “Q” who built and provided a range of what I call “interesting tools and toys” for James Bond to combat the bad guys.
Unlike Bond and Q, the Weedbusters laser is one of those tools that Duncan Hunter conceived, developed, and employed to kill illicit drug crops. And in Special Access, a laser disables a really bad dude.
The basis for the idea came from one of my closest friends. He and I worked on the concept. He ran down and performed the due diligence on the biology of the plants. My job was to find an appropriate airplane that could do the job. To me the only aircraft that could “perform the mission” was the YO-3A. As I said during my fifteen minutes at the lectern at the Quiet Aircraft Association’s annual reunion, there was “the rest of the story” of how their airplane got on the cover of my book. I think he is the last of the YO-3A pilots, and actually flew the NASA airplane to its new home in Concord, CA. He had a YO-3A that needed to be restored. I needed a YO-3A for Weedbusters.
But we could never sell the concept to the big box aviation conglomerates. It was a fantastic idea. So with no buyers, I put Weedbusters, the ultimate counternarcotics weapon, in my books. And the ultimate counterterrorism weapon, when the worst of the worst terrorists are hiding and only dare move at night, there is no finer tool than Duncan Hunter at the controls of a YO-3A. There is a market for such a capability. Someone, someday may eventually develop such a capability. Maybe even build a small unit and sell it on Amazon.
More to follow.