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Book discusses the requirement for and the design, development, and operation of the U-2, from 1954 when the design began, to the current overflights of the Balkans and Iraq. Includes extensive discussions of U-2 overflights of hostile countries (USSR, China, North Korea, North Vietnam) and NASA's use of the U-2.... they could use the periscope to navigate by dead reckoning with an error of less than one mile over a thousand-mile course. ... airframe and Pratt aamp; Whitney already was building the J57 turbojet engine, but no firm plans existed for the all- important cameras. ... Perkin of the Perkin-Elmer Company of Norwalk, Connecticut, collaborated on a design for an experimental camera for the Army Air Forces.

Author: Norman Polmar
Publisher:Zenith Press - 2001

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