Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions

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Osprey Publishing, Oct 1, 2004 - History - 400 pages
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In this book, expert author Paul Crickmore leads the reader deeper than ever before into the 'Black World' of the A-12 and SR-71 top-secret reconnaissance mission. For the first time, detailed first-hand accounts from CIA and USAF pilots bring to life the experience of flying highly classified missions in the Blackbird, whilst Allied and former Warsaw Pact fighter pilots describe their efforts to intercept the spy-plane. Travelling more than a mile every 2 seconds and flying fifteen miles above the earth's surface, the SR-71's performance capacities were truly awesome. This book draws on hundreds of newly declassified Top Secret documents and the experiences of the author's key military contacts to provide the most detailed information available on the SR-71.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Preface
7
Foreword
9
Introduction
12
Oxcart
21
Tagboard and Senior Bowl
77
TheYF12
86
SR71 technical briefing
102
A12 YF12 and SR71 Check Flights
351
Disposition of A12 YF12A and SR71 airframes
360
Commanders and awards
364
Air Force Logistics Command SR71 crew history
366
Chronology of significant events
367
Record breaking
369
A12 YF12 and SR71 losses
373
NASA flight activity
374

From RS to SR and beyond
144
Beale operations
170
Chapters OL8toDet1
191
Det 4 operations
257
Shutdown
322
OL8 OLRK OLKA and Det 1 mission log
328
MIG31SR71A intercepts by Military 1st Class Pilot Mikhail Myagkiy Guards Major ret
383
Technical and cutaway drawings
384
Bibliography
390
Index
391
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