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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; First Edition edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764311131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764311130
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really excellent look at the U-2 program from it's inception to an epilogue after Gary Francis "Frank" Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union on Mayday, 1960. The U-2 story begins with the US need to know the nuclear capabilities of the USSR in terms not only of weapons, but also in bombers and then ICBM's. Understandably, in wake of WW II, the worst nightmare of American leadership was a repeat of Pearl Harbor - this time with nucs employed against the American homeland. Eisenhower proposed an "Open Skies" program of mutual intelligence overfligts, but the secretive Communist leadership in the Kremlin rejected it. That, too was understandable. Unlike the USSR, US society was open - and well penetrated by Soviet espionage, both a marked contrast to the USSR. The U-2 flowed from the closed nature of Soviet society and the American fear of a nuclear suprise attack.
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.
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Had finished reading two of Chris Pocock's most recent volumes on the U-2 (50 Years of The U-2 & Dragon Lady Today) and had started looking for his earlier works. This volume was rcv'd in excellent condition and even featured an initialed title page. Good addition to my U-2 library shelf.
Would recommend this book and another Pocock work "The Black Bats". If you're a fan of the U-2 Pocock's books are well worth reading.
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M. Pocock proves that he is the definite U-2 historian. He not only wrote a good book, he corrected his own previous work. His U-2 early history is a remarquable compilation of new facts and unbiased information on the overflights undertaken by the CIA, clearing loads of misinformation from these troubled times. This book is the one needed when it comes to get some objectivity on the CIA ops during the cold war. Also a new look on Frank Powers' sad adventure. Precise (thanks to his numerous related notes), unbiased and full of personal stories, NOT TO BE MISSED. To Be Previewed in France's AIR FAN aviation magazine
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I bought the books from the museum, and they are all awesome! He is defininetly the top-notch historian on U-2 Dragon Lady, not question about it! The book is engaging and provides the types of details about U-2 that cannot be obtained without doing a thorough research. I work at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, and we consider Chris Pocock to be the UTMOST expert on the U-2!
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