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Israeli AF reconnaissance aircraft - A History By Peter Dancey
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The story of the Israeli AF reconnaissance types from the first fixed-wing manned types through all the different platforms used until the RPVs and drones of the mid 1990s the indigenous UAVs then... More > the satellite and the Top Secret program to build and launch spy satellite not always approved of by the US. In the new millennium the IDF/AF still relies on manned photo-recce but its main reconnaissance and intelligence asset now is the orbital satellite that passes a continuous stream of information back to IDF/AF Control and Command Center with almost continuous data to permit any contingency plans to be set in motion to defend the State of Israel.< Less
Archangel: CIA's Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft (Revised with newly declassified documents) By David Robarge
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This history of the U-2's replacement provides an accessible overview of the A-12's development and use as an intelligence collector. The author has tried to make the narrative informative to lay... More > readers while retaining enough technical detail to satisfy aeronautics and engineering readers. He has used sources listed in the bibliography and extensive files on the A-12 program in CIA Archives. This book has been augmented with a few recently declassified documents, including the designer's own history of the project and a list of other documents now available to readers via the Internet thanks to the Freedom of Information Act. (David Robarge was the CIA Chief Historian when he originally published "Archangel" as a 67-page book in September, 2007. Nearly 100 pages of additional documentation has been added as parts 2-4 to produce the present volume.)< Less
A Pilot’s Guide to Unmanned Aircraft Systems By John Christopher Boyer
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A simple guide to enter into or reference the field of Unmanned Aviation Systems. AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS: 1960s–1970s The. U.S.. Air. Force. pioneered. the. first. mass-produced,. long-range,.... More > high-speed. unmanned. aircraft. designed. to. conduct. primarily. reconnaissance. missions. but. evolved.into.a.wide.array.of.tasks.from.suppression.of.enemy.air.defenses.to.weap- ons.delivery..The.Ryan.model.147,.later.renamed.the.AQM-34.Lightning.Bug.and. Firefly.series,.has.the.longest.service.record.for.an.unmanned.aircraft..Designed.as. an.initiative.of.the.Ryan.Aircraft.Company.in.the.late.1950s.from.an.earlier.target. drone,.the.aircraft.was.powered.by.a.turbojet,.employed.low.drag.wing.and.fuselage. configuration. and. could. reach. altitudes. in. excess. of. 50,000. ft. and. speeds. of. 600. knots.(high.subsonic). The.Bug,.as.it.was.called.by.its.operators,.had.a.long.career.and.flew.in.a.wide. range.of.high-and.low-altitude.profiles.performing.electronic.signal-g< Less
Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF: Project FICON By Brian Lockett
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Project FICON (Fighter conveyer): In the early 1950s, the Air Force conducted a series of experiments to establish the feasibility of carrying, launching, and retrieving jet reconnaissance airplanes... More > from giant Convair RB-36 bombers. It was hoped that the bombers would carry the reconnaissance jets to the perimeter of the Soviet Union and then release them to penetrate the air defenses. Tests of the concept were conducted in 1952 and 1953 with a Republic F-84E Thunderjet and the YF-84F Thunderstreak prototype. Twenty-six Republic RF-84F Thunderflashes and ten Convair GRB-36D carriers were modified for the project. In 1955, a squadron of carriers was established at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. A squadron of parasites was established at nearby Larson Air Force Base. Training operations began in December 1955, but the composite aircraft system faced competition from the Boeing RB-52B, Lockheed U-2, and the development of aerial refueling.< Less
Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF: Project FICON By Brian Lockett
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Project FICON (Fighter conveyer): In the early 1950s, the Air Force conducted a series of experiments to establish the feasibility of carrying, launching, and retrieving jet reconnaissance airplanes... More > from giant Convair RB-36 bombers. It was hoped that the bombers would carry the reconnaissance jets to the perimeter of the Soviet Union and then release them to penetrate the air defenses. Tests of the concept were conducted in 1952 and 1953 with a Republic F-84E Thunderjet and the YF-84F Thunderstreak prototype. Twenty-six Republic RF-84F Thunderflashes and ten Convair GRB-36D carriers were modified for the project. In 1955, a squadron of carriers was established at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. A squadron of parasites was established at nearby Larson Air Force Base. Training operations began in December 1955, but the composite aircraft system faced competition from the Boeing RB-52B, Lockheed U-2, and the development of aerial refueling.< Less
Kites, Birds & Stuff - Aircraft of GERMANY - N to Z By P. D. Stemp
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The aviation history of German aircraft from the very early days to the present. Details on around two hundred and seventy seven aircraft. From the 1st. World War types and the 2nd. World War... More > aircraft. Fighters, bombers, reconnaissance, trainers and civil types. Landplanes, seaplanes, airships, rockets, bombs - lots of stuff. An archive of information. The series of books comes in four volumes. In this volume some of the larger companies include :- Platz - Rhein-Flugzeugbau - Rohrbach - Rumpler - Sablatnig - Scheibe- Schutte - Siemens-Schuckert - Zeppelin + plus many other. There are around 277 pictures & 96 plan diagrams. Details on around four hundred and sixty two individual aircraft - Enjoy< Less
Kites, Birds & Stuff - Aircraft of GERMANY - I to M By P. D. Stemp
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The aviation history of German aircraft from the very early days to the present. Details of around five hundred and twenty four aircraft. From the 1st. World War types and the 2nd. World War... More > aircraft. Fighters, bombers, reconnaissance, trainers, civil types. Landplanes, seaplanes, airships, rockets, bombs - lots of stuff. An archive of information.Thye series of books comes in four volumes. In this volume some of the larger companies include :- Junkers - Klemm - LFG Roland - Lippisch - LVG - Messerschmitt plus many others. There are around 524 pictures & 195 plan diagrams. Details on some one thousand and fourteen individual aircraft - Enjoy.< Less
Kites, Birds & Stuff - Aircraft of GERMANY - A to D By P.D. Stemp
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The Aviation history of German aircraft from the very early days to the present. Details on around 1,438 aircraft. From the 1st.World war types and the 2nd. World war aircraft. Fighters, bombers,... More > reconnaissance, trainers and civil types, plus numerous other types. Landplanes, seaplanes, airships, rockets, bombs - lots of stuff. An archive of information. The series of books comes in four volumes. In this volume some of the larger companies include :- AEG - AGO - Airbus - Albatros - Arado - Aviatik - BFW - Blohm und Voss - Brandenburg - Dornier + many others. There are around - 575 pictures & 143 plan diagrams. Enjoy< Less
Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF: Project FICON By Brian Lockett
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Hardcover edition contains 20 color illustrations. Project FICON (Fighter conveyer): In the early 1950s, the Air Force conducted a series of experiments to establish the feasibility of carrying,... More > launching, and retrieving jet reconnaissance airplanes from giant Convair RB-36 bombers. It was hoped that the bombers would carry the reconnaissance jets to the perimeter of the Soviet Union and then release them to penetrate the air defenses. Tests of the concept were conducted in 1952 and 1953 with a Republic F-84E Thunderjet and the YF-84F Thunderstreak prototype. Twenty-six Republic RF-84F Thunderflashes and ten Convair GRB-36D carriers were modified for the project. In 1955, a squadron of carriers was established at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. A squadron of parasites was established at nearby Larson Air Force Base. Training operations began in December 1955, but the composite aircraft system faced competition from the Boeing RB-52B, Lockheed U-2, and the development of aerial refueling.< Less
FLIGHT, CAMERA, ACTION! The History of U.S. Naval Aviation Photography and Photo-Reconnaissance By Douglas E. Campbell
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The first U.S. Navy aerial photographs were taken in 1913 in support of fleet exercises off Guantanamo, Cuba. Following WWI, a Navy Photographic expedition went north, making the first aerial... More > mapping photos of the Alaskan territory. WWII found Navy shuttermen in the Pacific theatre, performing pre- and post-attack reconnaissance, along with “hitting the beach” to record the war as it unfolded. Shortly after, Navy photographic units were in the Pacific to record early atomic bomb tests. The Navy’s aerial photo reconnaissance mission, both at the front end with the weaponless aircrews and the output of thousands of images and photo interpretation, continued to develop through the mid-20th century. The last aerial photo plane in the Navy’s inventory was retired after flying to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Annex at Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County, Virginia. The 74 year odyssey of Navy and Marine Corps aerial reconnaissance photography was finished.< Less