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    Museum Audio Tour 43: Cold War Gallery: Reconnaissance

    Museum Audio Tour 43: Cold War Gallery: Reconnaissance

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    National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

    Early in the Cold War, the United States needed aircraft that could fly over the Soviet Union and other potential adversary nations to take photos of military activities. This mission is known as reconnaissance. One reconnaissance concept was a modified F-84, called the RF-84K, to be carried toward a target as a “parasite” aircraft on a modified B-36. It would be let go to perform its mission of gathering images and return to the bomber to be carried back to a base. After several near disasters, the development of more capable aircraft and aerial refueling, the idea was scrapped. In the meantime, other aircraft, such as the secretive U-2 were being developed. This unique aircraft, used by the U.S. Air Force, NASA and the CIA, could fly up to 70,000 feet, or about 13 miles high. The hope was it would fly so high above the USSR that other aircraft and missiles could not reach it to shoot it down. High altitude was essential because the aircraft was not capable of high speeds and did not carry any offensive weapons to defend itself. The U-2 is suspended overhead just in front of the entrance to the Missile and Space Gallery.



    Date Taken: 12.31.1969
    Date Posted: 09.02.2015 13:51
    Category: Newscasts
    Audio ID: 41966
    Filename: 1509/DOD_102704387.mp3
    Length: 00:01:10
    Album Museum Audio Tour
    Track # 43
    Location: DAYTON, OH, US 

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