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BLACK OR BLUE ? THE TRUE COLORS OF THE U-2

I am occasionally asked about the ‘black’ paint that was applied to the U-2, after it was decided that the polished natural metal finish, or the gray paint scheme, made the jet too visible to opposition fighter pilots trying to intercept. How black was it? My answer is a bit complicated. In mid-1958, after some … Continue reading BLACK OR BLUE ? THE TRUE COLORS OF THE U-2

NEW BOOK ON THE CUBA MISSILE CRISIS – PLENTY TO CRITICISE!

Yet another book has been published on the Cuba Missile Crisis, this one with significant U-2 content. And one particular focus for the “best-selling” authors of “Above & Beyond”, is the missions flown by SAC pilots Rudy Anderson and Chuck Maultsby on ‘Black Saturday’, 27th October 1962. That was the day that Maultsby accidentally strayed … Continue reading NEW BOOK ON THE CUBA MISSILE CRISIS – PLENTY TO CRITICISE!