Locals will tell you there are few secrets in rural Saskatchewan – that’s the way it’s always been.
Yet one covert mission managed to stay under the radar. Quite a few years ago, representatives from US military suppliers paid the prairies a visit while posing as tourists. They came, observed and left. While they didn’t say much, people seem to remember them being impressed with the spectacular sunsets.
A recent freedom of information request to the Canadian government confirmed the mysterious trip but its purpose was heavily redacted. What were they doing here?
It may be a standing joke that spying in Canada is as easy as reading newspapers but nobody even jokes about spying in Saskatchewan. As a local TV show Corner Gas noted, there’s nothing to block your view on the prairies.
The secret seemed secure until a journalist’s unrelated request for information to the US government yielded an unusual photo. It was labeled simply Saskatchewan hawk in flight. An alert journalist connected it to the secret Saskatchewan trip. The mystery was quickly solved – it turns out Saskatchewan hawks inspired the amazing stealth aircraft.
I may be biased but it seems a shame they didn’t use the Saskatchewan stealth moniker to give credit where it was due.