Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The World of Cold War Reconnaissance

It was an era of brave men and heroic aircraft
by W. Leon F.

My career was with Ford Aerospace, which merged with Loral, then sold to Lockheed Martin. But from 1959 to 1961, I worked at Lockheed Burbank when Gary Powers was shot down in his U-2. The Feds then swarmed our plant quizzing everyone in sight about our knowledge of what the Skunk Works was doing. We all knew nothing, but learned later about the SR-71. A couple of years ago, I met a retired SR-71 pilot who said it was fabulous aircraft!