A-12 Blackbird Declassified

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MBI Publishing Company, 2001 - History - 127 pages
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At Mach 3.2, the A-12 Blackbird was the fastest aircraft in the world when it first flew in 1962. Four decades later, it still is. The A-12 was designed from the beginning to be a pure surveillance plane for the CIA, capable of shooting nothing but high-resolution film. It excelled in that role, although some details of its performance and missions remain classified. Now, using CIA connections and a lot of persistence, the authors used the Freedom of Information Act to unveil and declassify much of the information found in this book. Find out why the SR-71 was chosen as the successor to the A-12, and learn about the previously top-secret capabilities and missions these aircraft accomplished.

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Jeannette Remak is a military aviation historian, writer, author, artist, and photographic engineer. Her books include "XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla" (1998, MBI Publishing, Co.) and " A-12 Blackbird: Declassified" (2001, also MBI), The Archangel and the OXCART "( Trafford/Phoenix Aviation Research 2008), "NASA and the Shuttle Shuffle" (Phoenix Aviation Research 2012) and is currently writing her fifth book " To Slip the Surly Bonds... NASA, The Shuttle Disasters and the Implosion of the U.S. Manned Space Program" (Phoenix Aviation Research). She and he co-author/owner Joseph Ventolo Jr., has also written pieces for the Atlantic Flyer with her co-author (Gilded Cage or Golden Screw and Who's Got the Bird?) which dealt with the restoration of vintage aircraft and the position of Museums holding aircraft collections including salvagers rights and the US Navy position on such issues, as well as several articles for Air Force Association. Ms .Remak had been interviewed by: Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine for the August '99 issue concerning the XB-70 Valkyrie. She and her co-owner, Joseph Ventolo have been interviewed via TV for the Shuttle Museum Awards issues that were hotly contested in 2011. Ms. Remak is an accomplished artist. Although she has done a number of paintings with science fiction and landscape themes, for the past 15 years her work has been mainly aviation oriented. Eight of her paintings are part of the Air Force Art Collection. Her art has been shown at the U.S. Air Force Museum at historic Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, placed in the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force Art Presentation program at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, near Washington, DC; used in the 1999 Air Force Foundation Art Calendar. The most recent exhibition was at the 60th Anniversary of the United States Air Force Art program, at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.The painting "Cygnus Rising" is the first painting of the Lockheed/CIA A-12 Blackbird, introduced into the Air Force Art collection. Jeannette has a degree in Photographic Engineering She obtained her Masters Degree in Aviation Mechanics in 2001. Her experience in photography and the graphics industries spans 30 years. He Aviation career spans some 25 years. Both Jeannette and Joe have extensive TV /film production research/ editing skills.

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