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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 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 ›
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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My uncle flew these birds back in the day. Wanted to know more because there is nothing he is able to talk about due to his clearance restrictions to this very day (or he is being... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by J. A. Medler