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Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East (Combat Aircraft)
 : Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East (Combat Aircraft)

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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Combat Aircraft - Helicopters & Miscellaneous
EAN: 9781846033193
Edition: 1St Edition
ISBN: 1846033195
Item Dimensions: 250957236523
Label: Osprey Publishing
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Osprey Publishing
MPN: OSPCOM076
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 96
Publication Date: November 18, 2008
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2008
Studio: Osprey Publishing




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Even before the first operational flight of the legendary Lockheed U-2 spy plane, aircraft design genius Kelly Johnson began work with his team at the company's "Skunk Works" plant on the type's replacement. The result was the SR-71. First deployed on March 9, 1968, this tri-sonic 'hotrod' flew its first operational sortie over North Vietnam just 12 days later. On that debut mission, the Blackbird overflew surface-to-air missile sites with complete impunity, collecting the detailed intelligence that led directly to the end of the siege of Khe Sanh in the process.



Thereafter, the SR-71 roamed freely over areas previously denied to the vulnerable U-2, capturing photographic, radar and electronic intelligence. This book examines the immense impact this revolutionary aircraft had, not only on North Vietnam (Vietnam War, 1955-1975) but during the Cold War (1946-1991) as a whole, gathering information about the Soviet nuclear submarine fleet based in Vladivostok as well as the port's defenses, monitoring the actions of North Korea and flying four 11-hour, non-stop sorties into the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War in the late 1980s.





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