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Archangel: CIA's Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft [Kindle Edition]

Central Intelligence Agency
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Book Description

This history of the A-12 reconnaissance aircraft was occasioned by CIA’s acquisition on loan from the Air Force of the eighth A-12 in the production series of 15 in September 2007. Known as Article 128, the aircraft is on display at the Agency’s Headquarters compound in Langley, Virginia. This history is intended to provide an accessible overview of the A-12’s development and use as an intelligence collector.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1040 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CFRBX8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad Kindle transfer 15 Oct. 2013
By K. Mitchell VINE VOICE
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The book itself is fine for the size, lots of information and anecdotes I had not found before in other literature on the aircraft. Unfortunately the Kindle version has missing or corrupt photos and missing or transposed blocks of text. You will be reading one section, only for it to suddenly be another section entirely and then back to the section you should have been on. It's a bit messed up, for for the price its still a bargain.
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Five INFORMATIVE Stars. In this unclassified CIA-produced document, based on declassified information, the existence of the CIA's supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft called "Archangel" is revealed. A number of other revelations are also brought to light, such as: the Russians were already aware of the U2 program before the first flight was attempted (and in a later flight, the program essentially ended with Gary Francis Powers being shot down over Russia and captured, causing an international incident).

The book details the need for a U2 replacement, the heady competition between Convair and Lockheed to get the multi-million dollar contract to build the A-12s, the difficulties of working on this highly secret project in California, the relocation to Groom Lake, the thousands of workers employed, the new techniques and materiel required to build the planes, the highly-competitive selection of the pilots, and generally, the missions. While the U2 was a supersonic glider, ArchAngel was at Mach 3+, faster than a speeding bullet, flew miles higher than U2, consumed thousands of gallons of fuel per hour on each flight and had a greatly reduced radar cross section. Not everyone survived the testing and the actual mission flights and this book generally details the relatively short lifespan of the program before the SR-71 took over. Along the way we find chief engineer Kelly Johnson, "the Skunk Works, "sheep dipped" pilots, the Pueblo incident, the A-12 and Blackbird one-time high-stakes aerial competition, and four pilots who did not survive the program and whose families did not know of their real missions and cause of death until program closure: RIP: Walter L. Ray, Jack W. Weeks, and 2 still unidentified chase plane pilots. General, but somewhat technical, this short, thorough book gets my Highest Recommendation! Five OXCART Stars. (This is a Kindle book @ 1040 KB with extensive footnotes and bibliography, reviewed in text and text-to-speech.)
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Goog technical and historical summary. 13 May 2014
By Bill Nogues - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who participated in the YF-12 and SR 71 program, this book was appreciated. It stick to the facts and none of the facts and avoided the popular myths and misinformation
5.0 out of 5 stars BETWEEN THE CIA "U2" SPY PLANE & THE "SR-71 BLACKBYRD", THERE WAS "ARCHANGEL" 8 Mar. 2014
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Five INFORMATIVE Stars. In this unclassified CIA-produced document, based on declassified information, the existence of the CIA's supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft called "Archangel" is revealed. A number of other revelations are also brought to light, such as: the Russians were already aware of the U2 program before the first flight was attempted (and in a later flight, the program essentially ended with Gary Francis Powers being shot down over Russia and captured, causing an international incident).

The book details the need for a U2 replacement, the heady competition between Convair and Lockheed to get the multi-million dollar contract to build the A-12s, the difficulties of working on this highly secret project in California, the relocation to Groom Lake, the thousands of workers employed, the new techniques and materiel required to build the planes, the highly-competitive selection of the pilots, and generally, the missions. While the U2 was a supersonic glider, ArchAngel was at Mach 3+, faster than a speeding bullet, flew miles higher than U2, consumed thousands of gallons of fuel per hour on each flight and had a greatly reduced radar cross section. Not everyone survived the testing and the actual mission flights and this book generally details the relatively short lifespan of the program before the SR-71 took over. Along the way we find chief engineer Kelly Johnson, "the Skunk Works, "sheep dipped" pilots, the Pueblo incident, the A-12 and Blackbird one-time high-stakes aerial competition, and four pilots who did not survive the program and whose families did not know of their real missions and cause of death until program closure: RIP: Walter L. Ray, Jack W. Weeks, and 2 still unidentified chase plane pilots. General, but somewhat technical, this short, thorough book gets my Highest Recommendation! Five OXCART Stars. (This is a Kindle book @ 1040 KB with extensive footnotes and bibliography, reviewed in text and text-to-speech. A few very minor Kindle contextual problems are evident.)
5.0 out of 5 stars A-12 3 Oct. 2013
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved it. Easy for the layman to understand and packed with really interesting history, photos and info. Now I want to follow up with the SR-71.
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