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In 1955, the Central Intelligence Agency established a clandestine base of operations in the Nevada desert with a mission to protect the United States from a growing communist threat. Special projects at Area 51 were shrouded in mystery, and the first was one of the world's most famous spy planes, the U-2. It fueled half-truths, rumors and legends for more than half a century. Now with many details of that endeavor declassified, the real story can finally be told. Author and Area 51 veteran TD Barnes sifts fact from fiction in one of America's most protected origin stories.
About the Author
Thornton D. "TD" Barnes, author and entrepreneur, grew up on a ranch in Dalhart, Texas. He graduated from Mountain View High School in Oklahoma and embarked on a ten-year military career in the army. He was a field engineer at the NASA High Range and served in Special Projects at Area 51 before going into the oil business. He serves as the president of Roadrunners Internationale and has been featured in multiple television documentaries about his experiences. He lives in Henderson, Nevada.
Table of Contents
1 An Uneasy Truce 19
2 The War that Wasn't 27
3 A Young Agency versus the Old Guard 43
4 Scouting for Area 51 61
5 Organizing in Secrecy 85
6 We Can't Tell You the Assignment, Gentlemen 109
7 Flying the Angel 119
8 Watertown Goes Operational 133
9 The Overflight Missions 145
10 Back at the Ranch 163
About the Author 191