Flight Craft, Soviet Spyplanes of the Cold War

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During the Cold War, spy planes became critical tools of cold war. US spyplanes detected the construction of missile bases in Cuba and forced the Russia removal of these weapons before they could trigger nuclear war. The availability of satellites changed the use of spyplanes rather than replacing them and today the use of UAV drones is increasing the importance of aircraft in surveillance operations, leading to smaller machines that may have limited endurance but are becoming increasingly difficult to detect, and produced in quantity at very low cost.

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NAME: Flight Craft, Soviet Spyplanes of the Cold War
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 180113
FILE: R1926
AUTHOR: Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Konissarov
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 96
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: spy planes, tactical reconnaissance, strategic reconnaissance, SIGINT, ELINT, photographic reconnaissance
ISBN: 1-78159-285-3
IMAGE: B1926.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The Flight Craft series combines a number of objectives. The subjects are reviewed as aircraft, an excellent selection of full colour images, many of them rare, illustrate the subjects in test and operation, detailed full colour drawings and b&w sketches show technical features and paint patterns, and model kits of the subjects are reviewed.

The early use of aircraft was as reconnaissance platforms able to pass over enemy positions and to photograph what was on the ground. As aircraft became more dependable and sophisticated, they flew faster and higher, and used new types of film and sensors to record in conditions that would have defeated the simple plate camera. By WWII, the reconnaissance aircraft became a vital tool, by then recording signal traffic and gathering electronic intelligence.

During the Cold War, spy planes became critical tools of cold war. US spyplanes detected the construction of missile bases in Cuba and forced the Russia removal of these weapons before they could trigger nuclear war. The availability of satellites changed the use of spyplanes rather than replacing them and today the use of UAV drones is increasing the importance of aircraft in surveillance operations, leading to smaller machines that may have limited endurance but are becoming increasingly difficult to detect, and produced in quantity at very low cost.

Through the Cold War the US spy planes received the most publicity, which is in itself an unwelcome consequence for a device intended for covert operation. The Soviets were more successful in keeping their spy planes secret.

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