Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East

Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East

Combat Aircraft 76
  • Author: Paul F. Crickmore
  • Illustrator: Chris Davey, Jim Laurier
  • Short code: COM 76
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Even before the first operational flight of the U-2 spy plane, aircraft designers began work 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. Thereafter, the SR-71 roamed freely, capturing photographic, radar and electronic intelligence. This book examines the impact this aircraft had, not only on North Vietnam but during the Cold War 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.

Biographical Note

Paul Crickmore is the world's acknowledged expert on the SR-71, having written five books on the subject since 1986. His contacts within one of the most secret military aviation programmes of all time include test pilots and more than 50 USAF pilots and Reconnaissance Systems Officers (RSOs). In acknowledgement of his work, he was invited to become an honouree member of the Blackbird Association in 1993.Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many media creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes.


Chapter 1: Black Shield & Giant Reach
Chapter 2: The War Intensifies
Chapter 3: North Korea
Chapter 4: Back in the USSR
Chapter 5: Flights to the Middle East

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