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Книга darkish Eagles. A heritage of best mystery U.S. airplane courses. darkish Eagles. A heritage of most sensible mystery U.S. plane courses. Книги Вооружение Автор: Curtis Peebles Год издания: 1999 Формат: pdf Издат.:Presidio Press Страниц: 378 Размер: 3.51 ISBN: 089141696X Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Peebles admirably assembles, from a mess of resources, a compact whole historical past of U.S. courses to advance so-called black or mystery plane. these begun with paintings at the first American jet, the Bell P-59, in the course of international warfare II, and proceeded to incorporate the development of such eventual headline-makers because the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, which wonderful itself within the Gulf struggle. additionally lined are such lesser-known autos as numerous households of reconnaissance drones, a few quickly and excessive, a few low and gradual. in addition to the undefined, Peebles covers the logistics, management, and politics of conserving multibillion-dollar courses lower than wraps till they be successful or fail. sometimes, such secrecy has resulted in fantasizing plane that don't exist--the demonstrably mythical Mach five Aurora, for instance, which used to be a favourite of flying saucer cultists.

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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.

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