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THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AND OVERHEAD RECONNAISSANCE; THE U-2 AND OXCART PROGRAMS,
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Sunlight on U2's wings created illusion of 'fiery objects'

This is a view of Area 51 that was pictured in the CIA report. Once he developed the U-2, Johnson set to work creating the U This image shows a sketch of the U-3 from Johnson's notebook.


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Before the release of the CIA report on Thursday, it was unknown what aircraft Johnson had drawn here. The A, another reconnaissance aircraft designed by Johnson, was also tested at Area This image shows As parked on the ground at the remote facility. To cover it up, the U.

This story quickly blew up in the agency's face, however, when the aircraft wreckage was pictured by the Soviet Union proving it was a spy plane.

CIA and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974

In , the U. Defense Department planned to retire the U-2 and have unmanned Global Hawk drones take over high-flying missions. But, that didn't happen.

In fact, the planes are still very much in use today. This photo shows a modern-day U Highlights include: Numerous references to Area 51 and Groom Lake, with a map of the area. Names of all the pilots who flew the U-2 missions that are discussed in the history.

The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance

A table Appendix D which provides key data on all U-2 flights over the Soviet Union, including date, mission numbers, pilot, airfield, payload, and route. Maps show all the routes. An account pp. The flight manual includes a description of the plane, warning bulletins and updates, pre-flight check list, sections on normal procedures, emergency procedures, description and operation of auxiliary equipment, operating limitations, flight characteristics, systems operation, all weather operation, and operating data.

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