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Drone found in gulf is from Eglin Air Force Base

MADEIRA BEACH — A commercial fisherman towed a military practice drone from the Gulf of Mexico to a marina here Monday, deputies said.

Pinellas sheriff's deputies said Glenn Edward Davis, 62, of Seminole, hauled the drone about 60 miles behind his boat, the Miss Rita, to the Holiday Isle Marina, at 555½ 150th Ave.

The carbon fiber drone is about 20 feet long and 15 feet wide at its widest part, deputies said. It has a jet engine, is orange and white, and is designed to be shot down by fighter jets.

The drone was not dangerous. "It wasn't carrying anything explosive and didn't appear to have any immediate threat to anyone, said Cecilia Barreda, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Still, authorities kept the public away as a military explosives team from MacDill Air Force Base examined the drone. Lt. Mark Graff, a spokesman for MacDill, said the drone belongs to Eglin Air Force Base, just east of Pensacola. The military regularly conducts aircraft and weapons testing there.

Drone found in gulf is from Eglin Air Force Base 04/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:32am]
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