Lockheed A-12: The Cia's Blackbird and Other Variants

The Cia''s Blackbird and Other Variants

Air Vanguard Band 12

Paul F. Crickmore

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During the early years of the Cold War, the most effective way to gather strategic intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies was manned overflight. Lockheed's U-2 was spectacularly successful in this role. Much to the concern of President Eisenhower, its shape meant that it could be tracked on Russian radars. Given the highly sensitive nature of such flights, the President insisted that every effort should be made to reduce to zero the U-2's radar cross section (RCS), thereby making the aircraft "invisible." When this was proven to be impossible, the stage was set for a U-2 replacement. Following a competition between Lockheed and Convair, the former was declared the winner and the result was the A-12. Designed to incorporate 'stealth' features before the term was even coined, the A-12 has to date proven to be the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft ever built, and is operated exclusively by the Central Intelligence Agency.

This book will also cover a two-seat variation of the design built as an advanced interceptor - the YF-12. In addition, the D-21 drone programme, known as Tagboard will also be covered.

Paul Crickmore

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 64
Erscheinungsdatum 21.01.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4728-0113-5
Verlag Osprey Pub Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 24.6/18.2/1 cm
Gewicht 220 g
Illustrator Adam Tooby

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  • Introduction/ Design evolution and development/ Technical Specifications/ Operational History/ Conclusion - programme shut-down/ The YF-12 evolution, flight test and cancellation/The M-21 D-21 evolution, flight test and cancellation