The U-2 Spyplane: Toward the Unknown : a New History of the Early Years

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Schiffer Military History, 2000 - Aerial reconnaissance, American - 288 pages
The full story of the development and early use of the U-2 has never been properly told until now. This book describes in vivid detail how the high-flying spyplane was conceived, designed, built, and deployed in record time. It explains why the CIA, and not the U.S. Air Force, controlled the project. It traces how the Iron Curtain was pried apart by the epic overflights of "denied territory" from 1956 to 1960. It discusses why these flights were needed, what they were looking for, and how the intelligence they returned was processed and analyzed. Readers are taken inside the Soviet Union's military machine, as it developed new strategic weapons and (eventually) the means to shoot the U-2 down. The book also explores the political dimension, telling how President Eisenhower and Premier Khrushchev each faced the challenge of the U-2 flights albeit from very different perspectives. Toward the Unknown will appeal to students of aviation and intelligence history, and to anyone wishing to learn more about a key episode in the Cold War.

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Chris Pocock has been writing about the aerospace and defence business for nearly 30 years. He is a British citizen and a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Chris worked in the air cargo business for ten years before becoming a full-time journalist in 1983. He subsequently edited two air cargo journals before becoming defense editor for Aviation International News, which publishes on-site editions at the major aerospace trade shows. He also produces a weekly online newsletter for AIN, and contributes stories to AIN's website. Chris has written extensively on aerial reconnaissance, including four books on the history of the U-2 spyplane. The CIA historian said that he is the foremost authority on the history of the U-2.

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