Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique publication outlines the history of Naval aerial reconnaissance during the Cold War, and commemorates the many veterans of that long, secret struggle, especially the sailors - fathers, husbands, sons, and shipmates - who gave their lives. During the Cold War, the U.S. Navy was a full participant in the secret war in the ether against the Communist bloc. For decades, Naval aircrews waged a daily struggle against enemy air defenses to gain desperately needed intelligence regarding the military capabilities of the Soviet Union and its Communist allies. This conflict, hidden from public view, constituted an integral component of America's national security strategy throughout the Cold War, and was fraught with risk for the sailors who took to the air to defend freedom. Many Naval aircraft and lives were lost in this secret struggle - to enemy fighters, to the elements, to mishaps - and 90 men who gave their lives are commemorated in this publication. This brochure is published by the National Security Agency to celebrate the dedication of the U.S. Navy memorial at National Vigilance Park. It is hoped that it will provide readers with a glimpse into a world that was long hidden from view, a world of dedication, heroism and sacrifice.
Some topics covered: PB4YZ, P2V Neptune, P4M-1Q, EC-121, EP-3, Turbulent Turtle, SESP Program, A3D-1Q Skywarrior, Pueblo Incident, April 1969 North Korean EC-121 Shootdown.
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