By Steve Pace
Filled with exploded perspectives, cutaway and phantom drawings from technical manuals, infrequent variations, armament platforms, and extra. comprises insurance of B-1A prototypes, traditional bombers, time-to-climb files, and construction B-1B serial numbers. An information-packed profile. nice info for modellers!
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The shock wave damaged the right stabilizer. 76 Powers struggled to escape from the tumbling forward fuselage. He was unable to trigger the plane's destruct system. At 15,000 feet, he was able to escape and parachute to a landing. Powers was captured almost immediately. The Soviets did not realize they had shot down the U-2. The MiG 19 pilots saw the explosion, but thought the SAM had self-destructed after a miss. On the ground, the fluttering debris from the U-2 filled the radar screens with echoes, but the Soviets thought it was chaff being ejected from the U-2 to confuse the radar.
It was the perfect place to hide a secret. The only access to the site was by air. The AEC's security restrictions would cut off both ground and air access, effectively protecting the site and its secrets. The Groom Lake site was approved, and the restricted area around the nuclear test site was extended to encompass it. A small but complete flight test center would have to be created out in the desert. To hide Lockheed's involvement, "CLJ" (Johnson's initials) be- The Angel of Paradise Ranch 27 came its company name.
It stated, "In the sky, it looks like the war-time Horsa glider. " The U-2's time in England was brief. At the same time the unit was being set up, a British frogman died while investigating the hull of a Soviet cruiser in an English harbor. The resulting press furor caused Prime Minister Anthony Eden to withdraw permission for the U-2 to operate from Lakenheath. Bissell and General Cabell then went to see West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. He said, "This is a wonderful idea. " He gave permission to use an old Luftwaffe base fifty miles east of Wiesbaden.