Hunt for the U-2

Interceptions of Lockheed U-2 Reconnaissance Aircraft over the USSR, Cuba and People’s Republic of China, 1959-1968

Krzysztof Dabrowski

‘The Hunt for the U-2' is a succinct operational history of the confrontations between that reconnaissance aircraft and those trying to catch it and the impact these operations had in not so distant history. Richly illustrated with photographs and full colour aircraft profiles.
Publication date:
January 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Europe@War
Illustration :
90 images, 5 colour maps, 18 colour profiles
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781913118686

Dimensions : 291 X 210 mm
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Overview
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• The first detailed cross-examination of related documentation and recollections from all the involved parties
• Covers little-known and poorly-documented first combat deployments of the U-2, but also such weaponry as the SA-2 surface-to-air missile, and various types of Soviet-built interceptors; thus, it provides a single-point-of-reference coverage
• Numerous illustrations of the early Cold War assets and CIA's U-2 operations, but also of related interceptor operations by the Soviet and Chinese air defence forces
• Authentic and exclusive colour profiles of all the involved aircraft types

The Lockheed U-2 is probably the best known spy-aircraft ever, famous for the exploits of its pilots over or near hostile territories. Indeed, the bold and provocative operations flown by the CIA-operated Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft over the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics have epitomized the rivalry between the United States of America and the Soviet Union during the early to middle Cold War period.

Much has been published about some of the overflights in question - especially the one on 1 May 1960, that ended with the downing of the US pilot Garry Powers. However, exactly how did the Soviets, and then the Chinese armed forces, react to such operations, and what kind of experiences did they go through while not only trying to detect and track, but also intercept and shoot down one of the high-flying spy-aircraft, is the part of this story that remains largely unknown.

The Hunt for the U-2 aims to answer the related question through a cross-examination of documentation and participant accounts from all of the involved parties.

Richly illustrated with 100 photographs and full colour, authentic colour profiles of the aircraft involved - whether those configured for the glamorous role of strategic reconnaissance or those designed to intercept and destroy them - and maps, and based on extensive cross-examination of documentation and participant accounts from all the involved parties, The Hunt for the U-2 is a succinct operational history of how the confrontations between that reconnaissance aircraft and those trying to catch it played out and, last but not least, what kind of impact these operations had in not so distant history.

REVIEWS

...this inspiring study is enhanced considerably by the inclusion of several full-colour profiles depicting U-2 and RB-57 Canberra reconnaissance airframes, plus the opposing Mikoyan and Sukhoi types.
Airfix Model World

As a long-time enthusiast of reconnaissance aircraft, particularly the U-2, there was plenty of new information here to absorb. The author has also filled in important blanks for a number of U-2 overflights from when the Cold War was at its height.
Air Forces Monthly