Spyplanes: The Illustrated Guide To Manned Reconnaissance And Surveillance Aircraft From World War I To Today by Norman PolmarSpyplanes: The Illustrated Guide To Manned Reconnaissance And Surveillance Aircraft From World War I To Today by Norman Polmar

Spyplanes: The Illustrated Guide To Manned Reconnaissance And Surveillance Aircraft From World War…

byNorman Polmar

Hardcover | January 30, 2019

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A comprehensive history with descriptions of the world's most significant aircraft employed as "eyes in the sky."

For as long as there has been sustained heavier-than-air human flight, airplanes have been used to gather information about our adversaries. Less than a decade after the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, Italian pilots were keeping tabs on Turkish foes in Libya. Today, aircraft with specialized designs and sensory equipment still cruise the skies, spying out secrets in the never-ending quest for an upper hand.

Spyplanes tackles the sprawling legacy of manned aerial reconnaissance, from hot air balloons to cloth-and-wood biplanes puttering over the Western Front, and on through every major world conflict, culminating with spyplanes cruising at supersonic speeds 85,000 feet above the Earth's surface. Authors Norman Polmar and John Bessette offer a concise yet comprehensive overview history of aerial recon, exploring considerations such as spyplanes in military doctrine, events like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the downing of Francis Gary Powers' U-2, the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, and the USAF's Big Safari program.

Polmar and Bessette, along with a roster of respected aviation journalists, also profile 70 renowned fixed-wing spyplanes from World I right up to the still-conceptual hypersonic SR-72. The authors examine the design, development, and service history of each aircraft, and offer images and specification boxes that detail vital stats for each. Included are purpose-built spyplanes, as well as legendary fighters and bombers that have been retrofitted for the purpose. In addition, the authors feature preliminary chapters discussing the history of aerial surveillance and a host of sidebars that explore considerations such as spyplanes in military doctrine, events like the Cuban missile crisis and the downing of Francis Gary Powers' U-2, the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, and the USAF's current Big Safari program.

From prop-driven to jet-powered aircraft, this is the ultimate history and reference to those "eyes in the skies" that have added mind-bending technologies, not to mention an element of intrigue, to military aviation for more than a century.

Norman Polmar is an author and historian specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. He has written or coauthored more than fifty books, including Spyplane: The U-2 History Declassified (2001) and, with John Gresham, DEFCON-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis (2006; foreword by Tom ...
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Title:Spyplanes: The Illustrated Guide To Manned Reconnaissance And Surveillance Aircraft From World War…Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 11.25 × 8.75 × 1 inShipping dimensions:11.25 × 8.75 × 1 inPublished:January 30, 2019Publisher:Voyageur PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0760350310

ISBN - 13:9780760350317

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad, but Not Great I purchased this book about a month ago, and have read partially through it. It does not deal in a great degree of detail about each aircraft, but may be of interest to somebody with a general interest, in the subject. The greatest disappointment I had was that the book did not even mention the British TSR2 (Tactical Strike and Reconnaissance Mach 2) aircraft, which, although never going into service, was a huge leap forward in technology, and a potential huge asset to the British aircraft industry - although the book mentioned the Recon version of the NAA XB-70, which also never entered service at all. So all in all, I find the book interesting, but "wanting" somewhat.
Date published: 2017-02-25