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Военная историяLockheed's Blackworld Skunk Works: U2, SR-71, F-117 - A Unique Record of Flying Prototypes, Their Designers and Pilots

Lockheed's Blackworld Skunk Works: U2, SR-71, F-117 - A Unique Record of Flying Prototypes, Their Designers and Pilots
Lockheed's Blackworld Skunk Works: U2, SR-71, F-117 - A Unique Record of Flying Prototypes, Their Designers and Pilots (Aviation Pioneers 4)
By Paul F. Crickmore

Publisher: Osprey Publishing 2000 114 Pages
ISBN: 1841760595
PDF 19 MB

A study of Blackworld Skunkworks U2, SR-71 and F-117, three military jets from the same manufacturer. It explains, in uncluttered language, the reasons why it was necessary to design and build them, the challenges faced by their Skunkworks designers and test pilots, and how these challenges were overcome. It also describes key operational missions. The reader is taken on a journey that maps out how the "world order" has changed. From the downing of Gary Powers by the Soviet Union to the part played by the U2 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The story ends with the success achieved by the F-117 during Operation Desert Storm. The work is illustrated with photographs.

The name of an 11th Century Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa, King of Germany, is etched forever in contemporary history. At dawn on 22 June 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. As its Panzer Divisions rolled east, smashing everything in their path, Soviet industry sought protection deep within the Motherland. Miller's maps would have been good enough to show him supply lines of a thousand miles to Moscow ... When, after WWII, 'An iron curtain ... descended across the Continent' and relations between the victorious east and western powers chilled into the Cold War, it was soon discovered that the accuracy of maps and target intelligence held by Britain and the US was woefully inadequate. With limited human intelligence (HUMINT) being provided by agents in the field, large gaps remained in the knowledge of Soviet industrial and military capability. Stand-off aerial reconnaissance of peripheral targets provided a partial solution to the problem, but the vastness of the Soviet Union left only one option, given the level of technology available at that time - overflight. So began the so called PAROP program - Peace-time Aerial Reconnaissance Operations.

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