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Drone from MacDill AFB ends up on man's doorstep

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - An incredibly expensive federal drone was mistakenly mailed to the doorstep of a college student, NOAA officials have confirmed to FOX 13.

And according to the address inside the shipping box, it came from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. That is home to an operations center for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and the home base of the NOAA Hurricane Hunters.

We're familiar with the type of drone the man received. It's known as a PUMA, and NOAA uses it for various missions above the ocean, including during hurricane season.

On Monday, the man posted on Reddit that he received a large package in the mail from UPS. He said it was addressed to him and that UPS insisted it was his package. However, of the few pictures he shared online, he did not show his name on the packaging.

His screen name is "Seventy_Seven" and says he did not want to be identified. He claims he lives in the northern part of the United States – not anywhere near the Air Force Base in Tampa.

In an email to FOX 13, NOAA's David Miller said there was a mix-up with UPS, and the box the man received contained the wings to the drone, as well as a remote controller.

"It seems UPS delivered one of the eight boxes to the wrong address, a box containing only the wings and a control device. We are in touch with the person that received the package and are working with UPS to get components to its destination," Miller said.

Miller said the PUMA is a flying camera used for aerial observation. It's said to be worth about $350,000.

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