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Spyflights and Overflights: US Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance 1945-1960 Hardcover – July 29, 2016
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"Robert Hopkins has written a detailed and fascinating account of a key element of Cold War intelligence history." (Richelson Jeffrey Author The Wizards of Langley 2016-06-01)
"This ground breaking work raises significant questions about the usefulness of intelligence gathered by overflights and their impact on US-Soviet relations..." (David Snead Profession of History, Liberty University 2016-05-15)
"Hopkins expertly and objectively forces a complete reappraisal of the role of these flights." (Paul Crickmore Author SR-71: The Secret Missions Exposed 2016-05-20)
From the Back Cover
Few aviation subjects have been shrouded in more secrecy or been more controversial than that of US cold war aerial reconnaissance.
Primarily undertaken by RB-50s and RB-47s of the Strategic Air Command and by CIA U-2s, other Western nations such as Britain, Sweden, and Taiwan were equally committed to gathering intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies, and conducted their own overflight missions. In this important new study, former USAF RC-135 pilot Robert S. Hopkins, III, combines newly declassified material with first-hand experience to provide a comprehensive analysis of American, British, and allied missions and overflights and their impact on the early cold war.
In addition to rigorous research and interviews with participants, this book includes a detailed accounting of known overflights as well as incidents and losses, maps depicting mission objectives, an account of what really happened when Soviet fighters attacked US ferrets, and a summary of US aerial reconnaissance aircraft types.
Fully illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, Spy Flights and Overflights challenges conventional wisdom about cold war aerial reconnaissance and is a fitting tribute to those who undertook these perilous missions in the greatest secrecy.
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Read every word.
Study the photographs and the maps.
Very very very informative.
Having had some participation in the community, I can say that this is a great book!
Parenthetically, this is only the second book that refers to Francis Gary Powers as "Frank".
I am very much looking forward to Volumes 2 and 3.
This book is a "must have" for anyone interested in aviation history or Cold War intelligence gathering.
I found this book to be an excellent presentation of the difficulties and conflicts between the military needs versus the prevailing (and shifting) political needs. If you want to know more about the state of our national security from 1945 thru 1960, this book should be in your hands.