Mach 3: Cold War Spy Planes [NOOK Book]

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Using recently declassified information on the U-2, SR-71 and A12, Mach 3 gives a detailed account from the ground and in the air on these great aircraft. Strap yourself into the seat of a U-2 or an SR-71 and get a cockpit view of what it is like to be 70,000 feet high being able easily see the curvature of the earth. Alone and in the immense cold for several hours trying to evade detection. A Soviet ground controller pouring over their radar screens - working out your route to vector MIG fighters and SAM ...

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Overview

Using recently declassified information on the U-2, SR-71 and A12, Mach 3 gives a detailed account from the ground and in the air on these great aircraft. Strap yourself into the seat of a U-2 or an SR-71 and get a cockpit view of what it is like to be 70,000 feet high being able easily see the curvature of the earth. Alone and in the immense cold for several hours trying to evade detection. A Soviet ground controller pouring over their radar screens - working out your route to vector MIG fighters and SAM missiles onto you. This is what the early overflights over Russia had to contend with. However, this is only part of the story to gain valuable intelligence on the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold war.

This need for intelligence pushed the boundaries of technology and innovation. Leading to not only the creation of some legendary spy planes such as the U-2, A-12 and SR-71 but also a secret facility in which to test these aircraft away from prying eyes. This facility is known to the world as Area 51. Follow the development of the U-2, SR71 and A-12 from the drawing board and into service and uncover the technological advances made, to enable these aircraft to fly under great secrecy.

America risked political embarrassment to send aircraft over Russia, Cuba and later North Vietnam to gather critical intelligence. Losing a U-2 piloted by Garry Powers over the Soviet Union on 1 May 1960 to a SAM. The aircraft developed in the 1950s and early 1960s aided not only the space race but pushed aviation technology to boundaries that in respects to this day have not been surpassed. The U-2 is still in service today flying high above Afghanistan collecting valuable intelligence along with many other hotspots across the globe.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045601504
  • Publisher: Digital Dreams
  • Publication date: 1/16/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 569,979
  • File size: 2 MB

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