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The U-2 Spyplane: Toward the Unknown - A New History of the Early Years Hardcover – April 1, 2000
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Chris has written extensively on aerial reconnaissance, including four books on the history of the U-2 spyplane. The CIA historian said that he is the foremost authority on the history of the U-2.
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Chris Pocock outlines that need and the decision making that lead to the design and development of Kelly Johnson's "angel," the U-2. The award to Lockheed for the U-2 and its subsequent design and development is a fascinating story in itself, in part because the USAF rejected the U-2 in favor of more conventional designs. But the CIA was less concerned with convention and funded the program, which more than met the requirements for overflight of the USSR. Pocock then proceeds to explain the use of the spyplane in a variety of programs including the Soviet overflights. For around 3 years the U-2 successfully gathered an intelligence bonanza in Soviet skies, much to the frustration of Soviet leadership and the PVO - the Soviet air defense arm. Finally, time ran out, and Powers was shot down at altitude by the same SA-2 SAM which US forces would encounter in the thousands over North Vietnam a decade later.Read more ›