Project Home Run: A Declassified Oral History of the Top Secret Spy Flights Over the Soviet Union
Before there was the U-2, there was the RB-29 and the RB-47. As the Cold War began, plans were being made to prepare for the possibility of an all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union. But to plan its nuclear strikes, the Pentagon needed to know where the Soviet targets and defenses were. And so, in 1949, the Air Force began a highly-classified program of intelligence-gathering flights. In all around 160 missions were flown over Soviet territory under Project Home Run, and dozens more were carried out by the Navy and by other Air Force programs such as Heart Throb and Sharp Cut. At the height of the Cold War between 1947 and 1967, at least 24 American reconnaissance planes, both Air Force and Navy, were attacked in or near Russian airspace by Soviet fighters, with 10 of these being shot down. Around 100 crewmen were killed. Until recently, the existence of Project Home Run and the other overflight programs was highly classified. Even the families of the airmen who were shot down and killed over Soviet territory were not told how or where their loved ones had died (they were told the deaths were due to “training accidents”). It wasn’t until 1992 that some of the information finally began to be declassified and released. This volume contains a number of firsthand accounts of...
- ASIN: 1610011090
Birth of Air Force Satellite Reconnaissance: Facts, Recollections and
This history of Safsp is dedicated to all those men and women who fought the Cold War, in silence - from above. No organization is better at gathering overhead intelligence than the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (Nro). Today's Nro grew out of 3 organizations: Af, Cia, and Navy. The Af office for satellite reconnaissance was called the Secretary of Air Force's Office of Special Projects [Safsp]. This monograph describes the birth of Air Force satellite reconnaissance. When Safsp was created in response to Presidential recognition of a national imperative, 4 tenets captured the sense of urgency: direct access to national leadership, covert management/operations, highest national priority, and rapid procurement.
- ASIN: 1329164784
Air Force Tac Recce Aircraft: NATO and Non-aligned Western European Air Force Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Cold War
This is a comprehensive history of Air Force tactical reconnaissance (Tac Recce) aircraft produced and operated during the Cold War in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) and non-aligned nations' tactical air and ground commanders. The aircraft are introduced chronologically based on when they became operational. Each chapter provides a detailed review of individual or groups of similar aircraft. The information presented includes the aircraft's development history; a description of the aircraft's physical characteristics; the number and type of sensors installed; the countries and units that operated the aircraft; information on surviving examples; and a table of the aircraft's dimensions, weight, and performance data.
- ASIN: 1434994589
Silent Warriors, Incredible Courage: The Declassified Stories of Cold War Reconnaissance Flights and the Men Who Flew
The outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 took the American military by surprise. Rushing to respond, the US and its allies developed a selective overflight program to gather intelligence. Silent Warriors, Incredible Courage is a history of the Cold War overflights of the Soviet Union, its allies, and the People's Republic of China, based on extensive interviews with dozens of pilots who flew these dangerous missions. In 1954 the number of flights expanded, and the highly classified SENSINT program was born. Soon, American RB-45C, RB-47E/H, RF-100s, and various versions of the RB-57 were in the air on an almost constant basis, providing the president and military leadership with hard facts about enemy capabilities and intentions. Eventually the SENSINT program was replaced by the high-flying U-2 spy plane. The U-2 overflights removed the mysteries of Soviet military power. These flights remained active until 1960 when a U-2 was shot down by Russian missiles, leading to the end of the program. Shortly thereafter planes were replaced by spy satellites. The overflights were so highly classified that no one, planner or participant, was allowed to talk about them―and no one did, until the overflight program and its pictorial record was declassified in the 1990s. Through extensive ...
- ASIN: 149682279X
A Need to Know The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Planning,
More than a tool of policy makers to gather intelligence, Air Force reconnaissance efforts shaped early Cold War doctrine and war planning. Dr. Farquhar argues that a lack of information on Soviet strategic capabilities dominated the organization, operational planning, and equipment of the postwar Air Force. To support his assertion, Farquhar traces the development of aerial reconnaissance from the first balloon ascents through World War II as a prelude. He then examines early Cold War peripheral reconnaissance and overflights of the Soviet Union. He explains the evolution of intelligence-gathering technology, bureaucratic growth, and a relative lack of attention paid to electronic warfare before the Korean War. Based primarily on archival sources, the book serves as an excellent reference for air doctrine, intelligence, and electronic warfare in the formative years of the Cold War.
- ASIN: B07V5P8TLH
Air Force Doctrine Document 2-0, Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations - Covering Satellites, Geospatial Imagery, Communications, Electronic and Human
Covering geospatial, imagery, satellite systems, UAVs, signals, communications, electronic, and human intelligence, this publication is the Air Force's keystone doctrinal publication on global integrated ISR and defines how the Service plans and conducts these operations to enable Joint Operations. It compiles the best practices of how an Airman conducts and employs ISR capabilities and why global integrated ISR is unique. The three chapters define global integrated ISR, the command relationships and authorities that enable it, and how these operations are planned and conducted. Chapter One, Fundamentals of Global Integrated ISR Operations, describes global integrated ISR, answering "What is global integrated ISR?" and how it is implemented to support the Air Force and its missions. It focuses on: the definition of global integrated ISR; the Airman's perspective; global integrated ISR as a service core function (SCF); basic global integrated ISR principles; and policy and guidance for global integrated ISR operations. It also outlines how cross-domain integration and global integrated ISR are linked. Finally, it introduces the Air Force process of planning and direction, collection, processing and exploitation, analysis and production, and dissemination (PCPAD). Chapter Two, Comm...
- ASIN: 198090555X
The Eight Ballers: Eyes of the Fifth Air Force: The 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II (X Planes of the Third Reich
Beginning operations in April 1942 with a shoestring flight of four Lockheed F-4 Lightnings (the photo-recon version of the famed P-38), the 8th Photo Squadron gave the American Army Air Forces its only aerial reconnaissance coverage of the Southwest Paci
- Brand: Brand: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
- ASIN: 0764309102
The 9th Air Force in World War II Fighters, Bombers, Reconnaissance, Troop Carriers; from the Desert to Central
- ASIN: B000J44FC6
The Book of Blessings and Rituals: Magical Invocations for Healing, Setting Energy, and Creating Sacred
Honor life’s milestones and bring sacredness into everyday life. The Book of Blessings and Rituals shows you how to create ceremony and meaning around the most important events in you life. Drawing from different world traditions, leading metaphysical teacher Athena Perrakis presents blessings to cover a wide array of occasions and intentions, including holidays and sacred days, love, healing, protection, prosperity and success, lunar blessings and rituals, and manifestation. Organized by month, you'll be able to celebrate the sacred all year long. DIY projects and rituals will help you perform each blessing. You’ll learn how to construct medicine bundles and altars, which crystals to use to amplify the rituals or clear energy, and how to smudge for clearing and protection. In addition, you’ll learn how to use the power of invocations and blessings to set the energy of your home or event and to assist in amplifying goals and intentions. Deepen your experience of the sacred, find inspiration, and heal with this non-denominational guide to blessings and rituals.
- ASIN: 1592338771
Freedom Through Vigilance Volume V: History of US Air Force Security Service Airborne Reconnaissance, Part II (Volume
Freedom Through VigilanceVolume IV (Part I) and Volume V (Part II)addresses the history of USAFSS airborne reconnaissance; see the abstract below for a more detailed description.
- ASIN: 0741480271
The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 - Official Account, Air Operations in South Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, B-52, Airlift, Refueling, Reconnaissance, Rescue, Logistics, Medical,
This U.S. Air Force (USAF) publication is an account of USAF activities in the Southeast Asia conflict from 1961 to 1973. It makes no pretense of being a comprehensive history of the war, or even of Air Force participation therein—not because it lacks historical authenticity (it contains only verifiable material), but simply because it is, by design, limited in scope and depth. Official, definitive histories are in progress but will not be widely available for several years. In the interim, this book can help fill a void in public knowledge of the Air Force's experience in Southeast Asia. That experience was marked by great frustration-frustration flowing from the lack of a clear, definable, attainable objective and means for measuring success in achieving that objective—frustration arising from constraints that could only appear unreasonable to airmen—frustration from stringent rules of engagement which tended to offset advantages in skill and technology. This, however, should not be permitted to obscure the great dedication and zeal with which the men and women of the Air Force invariably carried out the job given them in Southeast Asia—despite the fact that missions, tactics, and targets frequently seemed inconsistent with their experience, training, and doctrine. The ...
- ASIN: 1521319383
Capability Planning and Analysis to Optimize Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities have expanded situation awareness for U.S. forces, provided for more precise combat effects, and enabled better decision making both during conflicts and in peacetime, and reliance on ISR capabilities is expected to increase in the future. ISR capabilities are critical to 3 of the 12 Service Core Functions of the U.S. Air Force: namely, Global Integrated ISR (GIISR) and the ISR components of Cyberspace Superiority and Space Superiority, and contribute to all others. In response to a request from the Air Force for ISR and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering, the National Research Council formed the Committee on Examination of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Capability Planning and Analysis (CP&A) Process. In this report, the committee reviews the current approach to the Air Force corporate planning and programming process for ISR capability generation; examines carious analytical methods, processes, and models for large-scale, complex domains like ISR; and identifies the best practices for the Air Force. In Capability Planning and Analysis to Optimize Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Investments, the c...
- ASIN: B00CBHQYPK
The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated
The epic story of the vastly outnumbered platoon that stopped Germany's leading assault in the Ardennes forest and prevented Hitler's most fearsome tanks from overtaking American positionsOn the morning of December 16, 1944, eighteen men of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon attached to the 99th Infantry Division found themselves directly in the path of the main thrust of Hitler's massive Ardennes offensive. Despite being vastly outnumbered, they were told to hold their position "at all costs." Throughout the day, the platoon repulsed three large German assaults in a fierce day-long battle, killing hundreds of German soldiers. Only when they had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemy. But their long winter was just beginning. As POWs, the platoon experienced an ordeal far worse than combat-surviving in wretched German POW camps. Yet miraculously the men of the platoon survived--all of them--and returned home after the war. More than thirty years later, when President Carter recognized the platoon's "extraordinary heroism" and the U.S. Army approved combat medals for all eighteen men, they became America's most decorated platoon of World War II. With the same vivid and dramatic prose that made The Bedford Boys a national bestseller, Alex Kershaw brings to l...
- Brand: Kershaw, Alex
- ASIN: 0306814404
SR-71 Flight Manual: The Official Pilot's Handbook Declassified and Expanded with
This is the reprinted facsimile edition of the manual issued to crew members of the US Air Force's sleek SR-71, now available with photos and annotations by former Blackbird pilot Richard Graham.The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was a long-range, Mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Lockheed's top-secret Skunk Works. One of the first aircraft designed to have a low radar signature, the SR-71 could map 100,000 square miles from an altitude of 80,000 feet. Operational from 1964 to 1998, it is still the fastest jet-powered aircraft - a Blackbird once completed a Los Angeles-to-Washington, D.C. flight in 64 minutes. Naturally, reigning in all that technology and performance required some know-how on the parts of the pilots and ground crews. This massive volume, the SR-71 Flight Manual, is a facsimile reprint of the official flight manual issued to SR-71 crew members augmented with anecdotes and and descriptions of flight procedures from former SR-71 pilot Col. Richard Graham (Ret.). Divided into seven sections, the book covers in minute detail everything from the SR-71 trainer to normal and emergency operation procedures, navigation and sensor equipment, operating limitations, flight characteristics of the Blackbird, and all-weather operation.Now the official SR-71 flight manual is...
- ASIN: 0760351740
The Rise and Fall of the French Air Force: French Air Operations and Strategy
On 10 May 1940, the French possessed one of the largest air forces in the world. On paper, it was nearly as strong as the RAF. Six weeks later, France had been defeated. For a struggling French Army desperately looking for air support, the skies seemed empty of friendly planes. In the decades that followed, the debate raged. Were there unused stockpiles of planes? Were French aircraft really so inferior? Baughen examines the myths that surround the French defeat. He explains how at the end of the First World War, the French had possessed the most effective air force in the world, only for the lessons learned to be forgotten. Instead, air policy was guided by radical theories that predicted air power alone would decide future wars.Baughen traces some of the problems back to the very earliest days of French aviation. He describes the mistakes and bad luck that dogged the French efforts to modernize their air force in the twenties and thirties. He examines how decisions made just months before the German attack further weakened the air force. Yet defeat was not inevitable. If better use had been made of the planes that were available, the result might have been different.
- ASIN: 178155644X
We Served With Honor: Memoirs of the Men Who Served the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance
The 91st Bombardment Group, the forerunner of the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, arrived in England in September 1942 prepared for the initial bombing operations against Fortress Europe. Commander of the 305th Bomber Command, Curtis LeMay and Director of Operations, Joseph J. Preston, trained air crews in locating and identifying strategic targets in Nazi Germany. LeMay and Preston developed a dynamic working relationship and left a lasting legacy. News correspondents were trained as gunners in order to fly on the bombing missions and report the war first hand. Young college-aged crews rapidly became seasoned warriors and struggled to meet the 25-mission requirement before their return home. One of the most famous B-17s during World War II was the "Memphis Belle" which was featured in a movie "Saga of the Memphis Belle" / In February 20-25, 1944, known as "Big Week," the VIII Bomber Command put up 1,000 heavy bombers that flew 3,800 sorties, destroyed 75 percent of buildings bombed in Germany and downed 600 Nazi fighters. The following month, 800 bombers struck Berlin targets during such bad weather that Luftwaffe fighters never became airborne. That offensive established aerial supremacy in Europe in preparation for General Dwight Eisenhower's command of the D-Day invasion ...
- ASIN: 1909384224
21st Century USAF Agencies: Air Force ISR Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), AFTAC Technical Applications Center, 480th and 70th
This electronic book on DVD-ROM provides a comprehensive guide to the U.S. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency, which was activated June 8, 2007, with headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Formerly known as Air Intelligence Agency, the Air Force ISR Agency is aligned under the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as a field operating agency. The agency's mission is to organize, train, equip and present assigned forces and capabilities to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for combatant commanders and the nation. The agency also implements and oversees execution of Air Force headquarters policy and guidance to expand Air Force ISR capabilities to meet current and future challenges. The agency's almost 7,000 people serve at approximately 65 locations worldwide. The 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, 70th ISR Wing, 361st ISR Group, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the Air Force Technical Applications Center are aligned under the Air Force ISR Agency. The 480th ISR Wing, with headquarters at Langley AFB, Va., is the Air Force leader in globally networked ISR operations. The wing operates and maintains the Air Force Distributed Common Ground ...
- ASIN: 1422051587
Batcats: The United States Air Force 553rd Reconnaissance Wing in Southeast
Written by men who flew the missions and gathered together the recollections of their comrades, this is an account of the political, social, cultural, technical and combat context of an extraordinary side of the Vietnam conflict. An account touching on topics ranging from Thai supernaturalism to high tech warfare, it is also the very human story of American airmen obliged to keep heady secrets and perform demanding tasks under menacing conditions. A good read for aviation enthusiasts, students of the Vietnam War, veterans and those wishing to learn more about Southeast Asia, this book is more than a history. It is a holistic portrait of a little known and less understood aspect of the Vietnam "era."
- ASIN: 0595300812
A Need to Know: The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Planning, 1945-1953 - Radar Principles, World War I and II, Korean
More than a tool of policy makers to gather intelligence, Air Force reconnaissance efforts shaped early Cold War doctrine and war planning. Dr. Farquhar argues that a lack of information on Soviet strategic capabilities dominated the organization, operational planning, and equipment of the postwar Air Force. To support his assertion, Farquhar traces the development of aerial reconnaissance from the first balloon ascents through World War II as a prelude. He then examines early Cold War peripheral reconnaissance and overflights of the Soviet Union. He explains the evolution of intelligence-gathering technology, bureaucratic growth, and a relative lack of attention paid to electronic warfare before the Korean War. Based primarily on archival sources, the book serves as an excellent reference for air doctrine, intelligence, and electronic warfare in the formative years of the Cold War.At first glance, strategic aerial reconnaissance appears to be a mere technical tool. The term refers to the use of aircraft to collect strategic intelligence using photographic or electronic means. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), strategic intelligence refers to "intelligence that is required for the formation of policy and military plans at national and international lev-els."2 Strategi...
- ASIN: B008HV52KW
The 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron: The Air Force's Story of Unmanned Reconnaissance in the Vietnam
Historical narrative of the U.S. Air Force's drone reconnaissance operations in the Vietnam War. The Air Force flew over 3,800 drone combat sorties in Southeast Asia from August 1964 to April 30, 1975 when South Vietnam capitulated.
- ASIN: 198161382X
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