Lockheed SR-71 Operations in Europe and the Middle East

Lockheed SR-71 Operations in Europe and the Middle East

Combat Aircraft 80
  • Author: Paul F Crickmore
  • Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Short code: COM 80
  • Publication Date: 10 Aug 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846034183
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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First employed in the Far East over North Vietnam and North Korea, American military intelligence quickly realized the SR-71 'Blackbird's' potential value over European targets. In 1976, SR-71 Detachment 4 commenced operations from the RAF base at Middenhall in the UK. Its mission was to monitor Warsaw Pact troop movements along the Iron Curtain and photograph the various ports that were home to the Soviet Union's nuclear submarine fleet. Despite the best efforts of the USSR, they were never able to intercept a 'Blackbird' in flight.Written by an expert on SR-71 operations, this book picks up where Combat 76: Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East left off

Biographical Note

During his time as an air traffic controller at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Paul Crickmore gained a unique introduction into SR-71 operations from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. Teaming up with Osprey, he produced the first detailed book ever to be published on the subject. In 1990 following the initial shut down of SR-71 operations, Crickmore produced an even more detailed book, Lockheed SR-71 The Secret Missions Exposed, the standard reference work on the subject. The work was acclaimed by both the aviation press, Ben Rich (late president of the Skunk Works) and the crews that flew the SR-71.Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, and since he graduated with honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

Contents

Chapter 1: Non-deployment
Chapter 2: Squaring up to the Soviet threat
Chapter 3: Operation El Dorado Canyon
Chapter 4: Shutdown
Appendices

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