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Black Lightning: The Legacy of the Lockheed Blackbirds by Jeannette Remak and Joseph Ventolo Jr.(Print)

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Black Lightning—The Legacy of the Lockheed Blackbirds
Revised edition of The Archangel and the Oxcart

 

Black Lightning—The Legacy of the Lockheed Blackbirds—brings to life the unique and mesmerizing story of Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed Blackbirds; The A-12 Cygnus, M-21/D-21 mother daughter reconnaissance drone, the YF-12 Interceptor and of course, the magnificent SR-71.  As the Cold War became more deadly there was a need to find the answers to the Soviet Union and their dangerous games of nuclear missile building, what sites they were building to support those missiles and it was clear that the “spy on the ground” could no longer supply that information.  The CIA needed to find an answer to replace that spy. 

Aerial Reconnaissance in the U.S. was in trouble.  The USAF was recycling its WWII methods of aerial reconnaissance, the Silent Warriors of the USAF Reconnaissance crews were becoming casualties of the USSR faster than anyone thought possible.  A new answer was needed and it was called speed! 

Lockheed and the CIA came up with the speed, Mach 3 speed for the first time in aerial reconnaissance and aviation history. Black Lightning—The Legacy of the Lockheed Blackbirds, who went in.  Alone, and unarmed CIA pilots and their speed hungry aircraft went in to cover the enemy territory, returning the goods faster than ever before.  Black Lightning tells the story of the fastest aircraft in the world . . . even today . . . and the black programs that supported them. 


Other Details

ISBN:
9781628157338
Pages:
348
Size:
6x9 in
Binding:
Paperback
eISBN:
9781628157321
Genre:
History
Edition:
Reprint

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